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Pinnacle Club hosts 32nd Annual Coaches Playday golf tournament


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MABANK–The Pinnacle Club in Mabank held the 32nd Annual Coaches Play golf tournament Friday, May 31.
Despite some dreary weather to start, the tournament once again went off without a hitch and all who participated enjoyed a nice day on the course for some friendly competition.
Two members of the winning team (Danny Hughes and Scotty Bradley) won for the first time. The other two members (Billy Hughes and Jeff Thorpe) added to their multiple-title totals. Hughes won for a fourth time, having previously won in 2003, 2008 and 2010). Thorpe won for a third time, having previously won in 1991 and 1997.
Hughes and Bradley winning for the first time raised the number of participants who have been on the winning team at least once in 32 years to 89. The winning team shot a 5-under 31 on both the front and back nine.
A three-team scorecard playoff for third place went to the team of Eddie Arthus, Benny Rogers and Harold Jones. A birdie on the Par 4 first hole was the difference.
Eustace High School Head Baseball Coach Chris Powers was announced as the 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 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 of former Brownsboro High School coach/principal Bobby Teague. The four-time champion of the event died in July of 2018.
The first four holes were played in a light rain and then under partly sunny conditions the rest of the way. The event was played at The Pinnacle for a fourth straight year and ninth time overall. The first Coaches Playday was held there in 1988. The tournament was sponsored by Trinity Valley Community College and the Athens Daily Review.


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