Matching Up

Solem, Bryant share medalist honors as bracket set for 119th CGA Match Play Championship

By Gary Baines – 06/17/2019

On a day that 11 players broke par in stroke-play qualifying for the 119th CGA Match Play Championship, Davis Bryant of Green Valley Ranch Golf Club and Jackson Solem of The Fox Hill Club matched 6-under-par 65s and shared medalist honors at The Club at Rolling Hills in Golden.

The top 64 players — those who shot 78 played off for the final spots — earned spots in match play, which will begin on Tuesday.

Bryant, a Colorado State University golfer, made six birdies in a bogey-free day on Monday.

Solem, who plays golf for the University of Denver, eagled the 18th hole — his ninth of the day — and added five birdies and one bogey.

Ross Macdonald of the Country Club at Castle Pines, the University of Colorado golfer who finished runner-up in this event last year, posted a 66 after a one-eagle, three-birdie day.

Also shooting 66 on Monday was Regis University golfer Tyler Zhang, from Lone Tree Golf Club, who made an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys on Monday.

Also among those shooting in the 60s on Monday were 2017 CGA Les Fowler Player of the Year Jake Staiano of Glenmoor Country Club (67) and four-time CGA Mid-Amateur Player of the Year Chris Thayer of Walnut Creek Golf Preserve (69).

Likewise easily advancing to match play were past CGA Match Play champions Nick Nosewicz of Meadow Hills Golf Course (71), Brian Dorfman of Cherry Creek Country Club (71) and Steve Irwin of Lakewood Country Club (73).

The match play round of 64 will be held on Tuesday. Then two rounds of matches each day are scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday. The 36-hole final is set for Friday.

For scores from Monday’s stroke-play qualifying, CLICK HERE.

For the match play bracket, CLICK HERE.