MABANK - The team of Mark Gehart, Lange Svehlak and Jake Mienk battled the wet course conditions in capturing the 30th Annual Coaches PlayDay Golf Tournament on Friday at The Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club.
The trio scored a 63, one stroke ahead of Brad Scoggin, Mark Sartain, Carl Tapley and Russell Tapley. Placing third were Jeff Thorpe, David Reese and Blake Williamson, who carded a 65.
Just seven shots separated the first place team from the last place squad, making it one of the most competitive in tournament history, said tourney director Benny Rogers, the sports information director at Trinity Valley Community College.
It rained most of the morning before tee-off time, including a deluge with five holes to go.
Former LaPoynor ISD superintendent Doug Steger was the recipient of the C.O. Phillips Memorial Award. The honor, named for the longtime Malakoff football coach and avid golfer, goes to someone who contributes to the game.
Bill Mullins won the putting contest, becoming the fourth contestant to claim it for the second time. He previously won in 2011.
The tournament, conceived by then Athens Daily Review sports editor Rogers and then Brownsboro football coach and athletic director Tom Talley, was first played at The Pinnacle in 1988.
The tournament was sponsored by Trinity Valley Community College and the Athens Daily Review. Other sponsors were First State Bank-Athens and Steve Grant Real Estate.
30th Annual Coaches PlayDay
Format: Scramble; Field: 48
The Pinnacle Golf & Boat Club
Mark Gehart, Lange Svehlak, Jake Mienk, 63; Brad Scoggin, Mark Sartain, Carl Tapley, Russell Tapley, 64; Jeff Thorpe, David Reese, Blake Williamson, 65; Ronny Snow, Sherard Poteete, Will Reed, Edward McCain, 66; Chuck Chapman, Bill Mullins, Steve Green, Tres Winn, 66; Chris Frederick, Eddie Arthus, Benny Rogers, Tom Talley, 67; Mondo Renteria, Scotty Bradley, Brad Burnett, 68; Dan Youngman, Walter Bingham, James Rodriguez, Kathleen Rodriguez, 69; Michael Landers, Harold Jones, Jean McSpadden, Kenya Landers, 69; Jay Kinzer, Elton Caldwell, Phil Hicks, 69; Chris Powers, Dale Norris, James Bass, Joe Elerson, 69; Brad Smiley, Kevin Hayes, Paul Essary, Keith Gardner, 70
C.O. Phillips Memorial Award - Doug Steger
Putting Contest - Bill Mullins
Closest to the Hole - No. 2: Amy McAfee; No. 7: Steve Green; No. 10: Troy Scott.
Longest Putt Made - No. 1: Bill Mullins