WOLFE CITY — Winning the eighth annual Craig Bowers Memorial Monster Ball Golf Tournament on Sunday was really special to Scott Coffman.
“This year, being able to win the championship flight means the world to me,” said Coffman.
Coffman and partner Todd Mayfield won a tournament named for Coffman’s best friend, who died in a skiing accident in 2012. Coffman and Mayfield claimed the championship flight by three strokes after shooting a 61 for 18 holes on Saturday and a 29 for nine holes on Sunday at Webb Hill Country Club. The first four flights in the field of 100 two-player teams ended early on Sunday evening after a thunderstorm blew in with lightning and heavy rain. Most of the teams in those flights had several holes left to play when the tournament was suspended. Tournament officials then chose to count only the first nine holes that were completed during Sunday’s round.
“Since it was based on 27 holes, my goal now is to win in 36 holes,” said Coffman.
Coffman, who is a local golfer, credited the play of his partner Mayfield, who is from McKinney.
“It’s a two-man scramble,” said Coffman. “If it wasn’t for Todd Mayfield we wouldn’t have got it done.”
It was the second straight tournament victory for Coffman, who won the first flight last year with partner Matt Neyra.
Derek Kelly and Chaz Cobb finished second at 93 while former Texas A&M University-Commerce golfers Hagen Wood and Seth Maxwell teamed up to finish third.
Dustin Stephenson and Geoff Moulton won the first flight by one stroke over three teams with their total of 90.
Former Greenville Christian School football player Danny Jones won the second flight by a stroke with partner Mike Collins with a 98. GCS teammate Joe Killgore, who shot a hole-in-one on Saturday, finished in a tie for second with his partner Brent Bennett. Killgore aced the 189-yard 15th hole with a 6-iron. Alfonso Rodriguez and Jose Quintero also tied for second.
Curtis Stanley and Guadalupe Arana claimed the third flight with their total of 99.
The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh flights completed their 18-hole rounds earlier Sunday without a delay.
Jerry Woodard and Michael Winn won the fourth flight by two shots with their 36-hole total of 136.
Bill Hannon and Josh Mowell took the fifth flight by a stroke at 140.
Two teams tied for first in the sixth flight at 143: Hunter Jones with Cramer Johnson and Jerrie Phillips with Deanna Phillips.
Former Greenville Lion quarterback and soccer standout Jake Jackson and Staci Jackson tied for first place in the seventh flight with Charles Hein and Dustin Hughes.
Golfers shot two holes-in-ones in the tournament, also including one by Johnie Jackson on the 190-yard hole No. 11 on Saturday. Jackson used a driver.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit local charities.
Bowers was a Greenville Lion player and assistant coach and also an assistant principal at Royse City High School.
Eighth annual Craig Bowers Memorial
Monster Ball Golf Tournament
Webb Hill Country Club
1. Scott Coffman-Todd Mayfield 61-29-90
2. Derek Kelly-Chaz Cobb 62-31-93
3. Hagen Wood-Seth Maxwell 64-30-94
1. Dustin Stephenson-Geoff Moulton 63-30-93
T2. Andy Hudson-Keith Strickland 61-33-94
T2. Shaun Franklin-Blake James 63-31-94
T2. Casey Barbee-Tony Jenkins 64-30-94
1. Danny Jones-Mike Collins 66-32-98
T2. Alfonso Rodriguez-Jose Quintero 68-31-99
T2. Joe Killgore-Brent Bennett 68-31-99
1. Curtis Stanley-Guadalupe Arana 66-33-99
2. Andrew Rainey-Daniel Florida 70-33-103
T3. Six teams
1. Jerry Woodard-Michael Winn 66-70-136
2. Tom Benton-Chip Driver 71-67-138
3. Kevin Bowers-Katie Holloway 69-71-140
1. Bill Hannon-Josh Mowell 69-71-140
2. Bradly Mayrell-Trey Moree 68-73-141
3. Jay Sorrells-Trey Sorrells 74-69-143
T1. Hunter Jones-Cramer Johnson 71-72-143
T1. Jerrie Phillips-Deanna Phillips 71-72-143
T3. Caden Bowers-Bobby Bowers 74-75-149
T3. Landon May-Kevin Money 76-73-149
T1. Jake Jackson-Staci Jackson 73-77-150
T1. Charles Hein-Dustin Hughes 74-76-150
3. Todd Hemphill-Tommy Hemphill 79-77-156