Mills/Seals tournament draws large field for 34th edition

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A total of 48 teams of three competed on Friday at Stephen F. Austin Golf Course for the 34th Annual T.J. Mills/Ricky Seals Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tournament is the longest running endowment scholarship tournament in America and was started by T.J. Mills during his first year as head football coach and athletic director at Sealy High School.

Mills won four straight state football titles in Class 3A at Sealy from 1993 to 1997 with a 63-1 record and reached a fifth state final in 1999. Mills was inducted into the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 2005.

Teams included players from Sealy, Katy, Bellville and some as far away as Splendora and Port Aransas.

Numerous volunteers made the tournament possible with Mills' wife Becky, daughters Cortney and husband Jacob Janicek, Kelly McNickle and Kasey Mills. Billy Norris and numerous Sealy coaches led by athletic director Shane Mobley, Russell Dziadek, Ray Dabney, Lonnie Goad, Chris and Cody Caruther, Dane Bennett, Jeff McDaniel, Jeremy Pelz, Teague Kowolsi, Anthony Branch, Kamm Coker, Jason Luckett, Richard High, Terri Nelson, Lynda Mauney, Joyce Strickland, Kimberly Svien and Brittney Whitehead. Karen Naida and Lavinia Owen ran the registration table to help the tournament get off to a smooth start.

Boomer Brune, Tony Roberts, Gary Pless and Mark and Lori Faldyn helped prepare food for the golfers and tournament volunteers.

Matt Webb, who will be taking over the Stephen F. Austin course, had the course in good condition for the event with the help of manager John Rossler and the staff help of Brian Mazac and Aiden Roberts.

The tournament was organized by the Sealy Tiger Athletic Booster Club and the help of hole sponsors and businesses that donated door prizes, food, beverages and Frio Coolers for tee prizes.

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