Opening Salvos

Defending champ rallies to win, but a co-medalist falls in round of 64 at CGA Match Play

By Gary Baines – 6/16/2020

Nine of the top 10 seeds won their opening matches on Tuesday, but qualifying co-medalist Dillon Stewart of Ptarmigan Country Club was ousted and defending champion Josh McLaughlin of the Olde Course at Loveland had to rally to advance at the 120th CGA Match Play at Blackstone Country Club in southeast Aurora.

University of Colorado golfer Jack Hughes of Aspen Golf eClub, the 62nd seed, defeated Stewart, an Oklahoma State golfer, 1 up, in a matchup of the last two boys winners of the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior. Hughes birdied the 17th hole to take the lead for good.

As for McLaughlin, he was 2 down after 11 holes to 64th-seeded Dylan Rottner of Metro Denver eClub. But the defending champ won 12, 13 and 17 — all with pars — to prevail 1 up.

Also among those who won round-of-64 matches on Tuesday were co-medalist Colin Prater of The Broadmoor Golf Club (7 and 5), 2018 champion AJ Ott of Ptarmigan and Colorado State University (3 and 2), 2015 winner Nick Nosewicz from CommonGround Golf Course (4 and 3), 2019 Match Play runner-up Cal McCoy, a University of Denver golfer from Bear Creek Golf Club (6 and 5), and 2019 CGA Amateur champion Davis Bryant from Green Valley Ranch Golf Club and CSU (5 and 3).

Ryan Burke of Ptarmigan beat Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Kent Moore, the 1989 champion, 3 and 2.

Two rounds of match play will be contested both Wednesday and Thursday to get down to the final two players, who will meet up in Friday’s scheduled 36-hole final.

For the match-play bracket and the results, CLICK HERE.

The CGA Match Play is the oldest continuously-held statewide golf championship held in Colorado, having debuted in 1901.