Chris Collins Defends Title at South Dakota Match Play Championship

July 12, 2006

BROOKINGS, S.D. - While some spend their summer vacation relaxing, Washington State golfer Chris Collins is spending his making history. Collins became the first player in 25 years to defend the title at the South Dakota Men's Match Play Championship Monday, July 10.

The Lead, S. D. native, pulled ahead with a birdie on the third hole of the final round. He stretched his lead to four during the final 18 before his opponent, Pat Lockwood, birdied the 14th to bring the advantage back down to three. Lockwood had a chance to shrink the lead even more on the 16th but missed a birdie attempt from 25 feet, allowing Collins to tie the hole and capture the title.

'I struggled with my putting through the first two or three rounds,' Collins told the Argus Leader (Sioux Falls). 'But somewhere in there, I found it. I never would have made it this far without putting the way I did.'

Collins has now won 12 consecutive matches in this tournament becoming the first player in tournament history to do so. Since transferring to WSU in 2004, Collins has recorded ten top-25 finishes including five top-10 efforts.

In other golfing news, junior Jordan Mason won his first match of the 105th Pacific Northwest Golf Association Men's Amateur Championship to advance him to the final round. While Heather O'Leary, Brooke Henderson, and Haley and Mandy Parsons also advanced to the final round at the 105th Women's PNGA, Wednesday, June 12.
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