Cotton Makes History With Texas State Amateur Title
Mean Green Golfer Wins After Firing A Back-Nine Of 29
DENTON -- It hasn't been a summer vacation for North Texas sophomore golf Michael Cotton as he captured the 106th Texas Amateur Championship on Sunday with a torrid back-nine holes. Cotton, began the day two strokes off the lead, but shot a 7-under par 29 on the back nine to surge past the field and win by three strokes. He is just the third NT player ever to win the prestigious title.
"I'm kind of a streaky player," said Cotton. "I've been putting well all week, but nothing was going in. I got one to drop, got hot and they all started falling."
Cotton, with father Steve on his bag on Father's Day, opened with four bogeys on his first eight holes, but kept believing in his game.
Cotton then birdied the ninth hole and the rest will go down as one of his best back nine holes in his career. Cotton had birdies on 10 and 11, an eagle on the 13th hole and two more birdies on 15 and 16 to end the eight-hole stretch at 8-under par.
Cotton is the first North Texas golfer to capture the Texas State Amateur since Zach Atkinson won in 2004 and only the third in school history. Joe Conrad won the 1951 title.