Davis goes overtime to win Cotton States title
MONROE, La. –- Oklahoma State's returnees have added to their summer tournament haul.
Ian Davis, a Cowboys senior from Edmond, Okla., won the W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational on Saturday at Bayou DeSiard Country Club.
Davis needed 19 holes to defeat Preston Stanley, a Houston Baptist junior from Katy, Texas.
Davis joins OSU teammate Jordan Niebrugge, who won the recent U.S. Amateur Public Links and Wisconsin State Amateur, as summer champions.
In the Cotton States' final match, Stanley held a 1-up lead through No. 7 before Davis squared things on the eighth hole. Davis grabbed his first lead with a birdie at No. 11. Stanley birdied the 14th to pull even. Davis regained a 1-up advantage with a birdie at the 15th before they halved 16 with birdies and 17 with pars. Stanley squared the match with a clutch birdie at the 18th, forcing an extra hole.
Davis got up and down from a bunker on the first playoff hole for the victory.
Davis, the No. 4 seed after two rounds of stroke-play qualifying, won six matches in three days. In Saturday morning's semifinals, he defeated Sean Romero, a New Mexico junior from Texarkana, Texas, 1 up.
Stanley needed 19 holes in his morning semifinal to slip past Cooper Musselman, a Kentucky freshman from Louisville, Ky.
Blake Kelley, a South Alabama senior from Mandeville, La., won the 36-hole stroke-play medal with a 66-68–134 total to lead the 64 qualifiers for match play. Kelley lost in the quarterfinals to Romero in 20 holes.
Information from Oklahoma State and Houston Baptist athletics was used in this report.