Tommy Coggin and Doug Davis outlasted Vic Kyatt and Andy McRae to win the 30th State Four Ball Championship at Canebrake Club in Athens on Sunday afternoon by a score of 4 & 2.
Earlier in the day they had beaten the team of Cole Skaggs and Jonathan Henderson after 19 holes, while Kyatt and McRae, both former Samford University golfers, defeated local favorites and Athens residents Jim McClary and Stewart Whitt in the other semifinal 3 & 2.
On Saturday Coggin and Davis had won a pair of close matches. In the round of 16 they won 1 up against Kevin Carden and John Randall and in the quarterfinals they beat Paul Vandiver and Mark Hightower 2 up.
McRae and Kyatt won their Saturday afternoon quarterfinal match fairly easily against N.H. Holt and Ed Kinzer, but their morning match was anything but, as it lasted an astounding 27 holes, before they finally overcame Jacob Harper and Chris Brannon on the ninth extra hole.
Coggin and Davis are both members at Vestavia Country Club and play regularly together. It is the first Alabama Golf Association championship for both players.
They had eight birdies in their first 12 holes to build a 3 up lead and never looked back from that point, closing the match out four holes later.
“I’m lost for words…this is very special,” Coggin said. “Doug and I play a lot of golf together and we knew the key was being in every hole as much as possible. We were able to do that.”
“Really what got us through was shooting four-under-par in the pouring rain in Thursday’s first round (of stroke play qualifying),” Davis said. “We had to really dig deep that day and our confidence grew with each day and each match.”
Coggin and Davis are childhood friends, going to Altamont School together. However, Davis started playing golf as boy, while Coggin did not start until he was 25, 20 years ago.
“I tell you, I’m 48 and didn’t know if I’d ever win an AGA title,” Davis said. “We had two birdie putts nearly every hole and never let up. Wow! We won, is how I really feel.”
Those thoughts were echoed by his good friend and teammate Coggin, who had his 11-year-old son Austin, a budding junior golfer, watching the final day.
Coggin also credited playing a lot of golf with his cousin, Alan Coshatt, as a help to his game. Coshatt and Del Wood III won this title a couple of years ago.
Courtesy AGA Media Relations