Fifteenth Annual Guy Davis Golf Tournament Scheduled for August 20

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Gary Stallard
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.

There are still openings for players, teams and sponsors, but those openings won’t last for long.

Such is the popularity of the Guy Davis Golf Tournament held each year at the Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin.

This year marks the 15th consecutive year for an event that has grown considerably since its inception. It’s not just the golf; it’s the chance for men and women with ties to Angelina College to gather for some reminiscing over those putts, and it’s an opportunity for members of the area community to get to know Angelina College coaches, players and staff members.

Hosted by the Roadrunner Foundation, the tournament generates funds for Angelina College Athletics programs. Funds raised help AC teams with various expenses such as travel and equipment in order to keep the various programs competing for conference and national titles.

Tournament organizers currently are seeking teams and hole sponsors for the five-man scramble format, scheduled for shotgun starts of 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There will be hole games and prizes awarded for such milestones as closest-to-the-pin and holes in one, among others.

A Pre-Tournament Kickoff Dinner is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, August 19, also at Crown Colony, with a silent auction featuring various sports collectibles and other valuable items.

Roadrunner Foundation president Wes Welch said the tourney’s reputation has spread throughout Texas and to other states. .

“The tournament year this year will follow the same format (five-man scramble), and we hope to have 25 teams in the morning and 25 in the afternoon,” Welch said. “We’re expecting another full turnout, and they’re coming from all around the country to join us here.”

“Word is out, and we’re looking forward to another fun-filled day and catching up with some old friends.”

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Current sponsors for this year’s event include presenting sponsor Southside Bank (fifth consecutive year as presenting sponsor), Lee Transervices, Strata Roofing and Construction, Dedicated Orthopedic Center of East Texas, Bancorp South, Integra Insurance Services, Loving Auto Group, East Texas Asphalt Company, Pilgrim’s, Ramblin’ Ranches Yeary Real Estate, Goodwin Lasiter Strong, Lufkin Coca-Cola, American State Bank, Chala Sports Chiropractic, Contractor’s Supplies, Inc., Moore Brothers Construction Company, RBC Wealth Management, Renfro’s Smoked Sausages, Carroway Funeral Home, Security & Guaranty Abstract Company, East Texas Power Sports and Lufkin Printing Company.

“Having our sponsors come out the way they do makes for a tremendously successful tournament every year,” Welch said. “We’re always looking for new sponsors, and they help with everything from this tournament to other events such as our Meet the Roadrunner banquet, where the sponsors help feed our student-athletes.

“We really can’t thank those groups enough for all they do for Angelina College.”

A registration form and information flier is located on Angelina College Athletics web site at https://guydavis.golfgenius.com/pages/8561147492396187322.

For more information, contact Wes Welch at 214-908-0867 or email at wes.welch@hotmail.com; or contact Dennis McCullough at 936-414-1114.

The e-mail address for Angelina College’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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