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Derek Bayley wins 2017 Idaho State Match Play Championship

Bayley will be entering his senior season this fall

Washington State Junior Derek Bayley won the 2017 Idaho Match Play Championships at the Timberstone golf course in Idaho over the weekend. Bayley defeated Idaho native and Auburn University Sophomore Graysen Huff in 16 holes.

Bayley started out this tournament as the number one seed and worked his way into the final where he took on the number 3 seed in Huff.

Things started off great for Bayley as he birdied the first hole and took the lead from the start. He stayed +1 until the 7th hole when Huff was able to manage a birdie on a par-5. Bayley came right back with a birdie on a par-3 on the next hole to reclaim the lead and finished the front-nine with a two hole lead.

Bayley didn’t slow down as he held a four hole lead with five holes to go. Both golfers needed to be perfect in the final stretch in order to finish the day with a championship. Huff started on the right track as he birdied the 14th and 15th to set himself up for a comeback. He was unable to seal the deal however as he took a bogey on the 16th and gave Bayley a four hole lead with just two holes remaining.

Bayley will be entering his senior year this upcoming fall and will be looking to continue his success for the Cougars on the links.



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