Golf tournament brings coaches together in Mabank
MABANK–The Pinnacle Club hosted the 33rd Annual Coaches Playday golf tournament June 23.
The event was played at The Pinnacle Club for a fifth straight year and 10th 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.
The tournament was played in overcast conditions with no rain. The event saw 39 participants on 10 teams this year.
Prior to the start of the tournament, a moment of silence was held in memory of former Henderson County Junior College head football coach Jim Owens. The one-time champion of the event and a winner of the Phillips award died July last year.
A scorecard playoff determined the winning team to be Blake Williamson (TVCC), Daniel Pierce (Cross Roads) and Brett Zamzow (Cross Roads). Firing an 11-under 61, the winning threesome tied the team of Chris Frederick (Guest), Sherard Poteete (TVCC), Eddie Kite (TVCC) and Phil Hicks (Tyler Morning Telegraph). Both teams recorded pars on Hole No. 1 but the winning team birdied the last eight holes on the front nine to claim the scorecard playoff.
All three members of the winning team won for the first time, raising the number of participants who have been on the championship team at least one time to 92 in 33 years.
The 10-team field was separated by eight strokes from the top spot to the bottom. Third place went to the team of Joey Worley (Guest), Cannon Earp (Fairfield), Harold Jones (TVCC) and Brad Burnett (TVCC) with a 62.
In the special events, Chris Frederick was the winner of the putting contest. Blake Williamson was Closest to the Hole No. 2. Closest to the Hole No. 7 went to Don McSpadden. Mondo Renteria had the Closest to the Hole on hole No. 10. TVCC’s Sherard Poteete had the Longest Putt Made on Hole No. 3.
Former Malakoff High School Assistant Principal James Bass was announced as the 20th 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’s C.O. Phillips, who was an avid golfer and multi-year participant in Coaches Playday that passed away in the summer of 2000.