The 12th Annual Guy Davis Golf Tournament wrapped up its tournament on Saturday with a record-setting field – and a couple of big bangs out on the course.
Fifty teams composed of 250 players converged on Crown Colony Country Club in the event hosted by the Roadrunner Foundation and sponsored by several area businesses. Proceeds go toward assisting all Angelina College athletics programs.
Foundation president Wes Welch praised the staff at Crown Colony and said the event could not have run much smoother.
“It was a great day, a great turnout,” Welch said. “The community really came out to support Angelina College today. This was our biggest turnout ever with 50 teams. We had two aces, which has never happened in this tournament. The weather was perfect. It was just an awesome day for everyone involved.
“We had a lot of new people involved this time. This is just a testament to Coach (Guy) Davis and the legacy he’s built in Lufkin and at Angelina College. We hope to duplicate this next year, because this is as big as we can get with this event.”
At Friday night’s kickoff dinner, the Foundation recognized long-time president Steve Hall, who retired from the position earlier this year. Hall was instrumental in helping build the Foundation’s activities, including the annual golf tournament, in his 11-year tenure.
Angelina College athletes served as course assistants, giving golfers the opportunity to interact with the players they’ll see on the courts and fields all year long.
Out on the course, golfers were competing for both bragging rights and prizes. Ross Motorsports gave away a loaded fishing kayak for a hole-in-one; and East Texas Asphalt, Contractor Supply and David Moore chipped in with a $10,000 prize for another ace.
Two golfers walked away with those prizes: Will Thurmond and Justin Morehead each knocked down aces.
“For my very first ace, this was a good one,” Thurmond said. “Hole No. 14, I hit a seven iron 165 yards, one-hopped it into the hole. I never thought I would get one, and this was a great time to get it.
“We had a great crowd around the hole, and their reaction was incredible.” Morehead, who’s notched several aces in his career, carded his ace on No. 4. “I hit a normal 9-iron, and I one-hopped it into the hole,” Morehead said. “There were about six or seven witnesses, so it was perfect.” Final results by flight, along with scores, were as follows:
First flight, Phillips Team (Will Thurman, Michael Phillips, Clark Oates, Will Griffin, Loyd Davis ), 52; Second Flight, Lee Trans Services Team (Chase Bozeman, Jace Lewis, Josh Lewis, Nick Rhodes, Josh Whitworth ), 51; Third Flight, Farmers Insurance Team (Ray Allen, Justin Morehead, Chad Roberts, B.J. Clement, Garrett Massie ), 51; Fourth Flight, Sandridge Team (Jim Sandridge, Jared Sandridge, Monty Bostwick, Jamie Luckett, Bobby McKenzie ), 52; Fifth Flight, Little Caesars Team (Mark Law, Alex Law, Dennis Holm, Bob Melton, Kevin Beaudrox) ), 54; Sixth Flight, TA Septic Team (David Anders, Tyler Anders, Brent Emerson, Koby Emerson, J.T. Page ) 55.
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Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.
Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.
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