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MABANK–Firing an 11-under 61, the team of Brad Scoggin (Crandall), Blake Williamson (TVCC), Chancz Johnson (Mabank) and Jayson Hicks (Cross Roads) scored a four-stroke win in 34th Annual Coaches Playday June 22 at The Pinnacle Club in Mabank. 
It marked the second straight year and second time overall for Williamson to claim championship honors. For Scoggin, Johnson and Hicks, a first-year participant, it was their first time and raised the number of participants on the winning team at least one time to 95 in 34 years. 
A scorecard playoff made the team of Chuck Chapman (Guest), Casey Needham (Guest), Mondo Renteria (Guest) and Brad Burnett (TVCC) the second-place finisher.
Also carding a 65 was the third-place team of Ronny Snow (Rusk), Trent Montgomery (Rusk), Doug Steger (Guest) and Joe Elerson (Athens Review). The nine-team field was separated by 10 strokes.
Eustace High School Assistant Coach Stephen Tardiff was announced as the 21st recipient of the C. O. Phillips Memorial Award, which is presented each year to an ambassador for golf in the memory of former Malakoff Junior High School coach C.O. Phillips, who was an avid golfer and multi-year participant in Coaches Playday. He died in the summer of 2000.
Prior to the start of the tournament, a moment of silence was held in memory/honor of former Eustace High School superintendent/athletic director/head football coach Gene Bethea. The multi-year participant in the event and 2009 recipient of the Phillips award died in April. 
The tournament was played in cool, overcast conditions. The event was played at The Pinnacle Club for a sixth straight year and 11th time overall with the first tournament being held there in 1988.