MOULTRIE — Three years ago, the Pot o’ Gold Pro-Am committee instituted a policy that would break ties among the teams that finish first by naming the team with the best score on the final day as the champion.

On Sunday, the tiebreaker was needed the second year in a row. And it was a Sunset Country Club team that finished second despite sharing the tournament’s low score.

The Cartersville Country Club team led by professional Scott Hamilton and the Sunset Gold team headed up by Bob Windom each finished the two-day tournament with a 19-under par 125.

But Hamilton’s foursome turned in a 62 on Sunday. The Sunset team had a 63 and had to settle for second place.

“We’re happy,” said Windom, whose Gold team was one of three teams tied for the lead after Saturday’s first round. “We just let it slip away on a few holes.

“We fell asleep on 13 and 14.”

And while the local team came up short, a former Sunset player left town with some first-place cash.

Former Colquitt County High and Valdosta State player Andy Blanton, now an assistant professional at the Country Club of Columbus, finished tied with Kinderlou’s Chris Dixon for the low pro money.

Blanton followed his first-round 74 with a 70 on Sunday to finish at even-par 144. Dixon shot a 72 each day.

The pair finished one shot ahead of Brian Dixon of Griffin and Sonny Skinner of Riverpoint.

Windom shot a 78-73 to finish at 151.

Fred Holton of Arrowhead Country Club in Montgomery, Ala., who set the tournament record with a three-day score of 199 last year, shot a 82-77 for a 159.

David Noll, playing for Mike Bennett’s Chattanooga Country Club foursome, was the low amateur after rounds of 71 and 69 for a 140 and took home a set of Mizuno irons.

Mark Sweeney, playing for David McGowan from Monroe Golf and Country Club, was a shot back at 141.

Sunset Gold’s Brad Eunice was third with a 72-73 for a 145.

Dave Womack, last year’s low amateur, had a 78-73 for a 151.

Scores were high this year after the first round was canceled by heaving rain and Saturday’s round was played in high winds and low temperatures.

John Hansen, an amateur playing for Holton’s Arrowhead Country Club team, turned in the tournament’s best round, a 68 shot on Sunday.

Noll and Colquitt County’s Matt Smith, playing for the Stonebridge foursome, each had a 69 on Sunday. Smith, who played at Colquitt County High, currently plays at Darton College. He finished with a two-day 148.

Hamilton and his trio of amateurs – Chris Hall, Jayce Stepp and Scott Davenport – earned seats at the coveted Champions Dinner table with their victory.

Hamilton said this year was the third time he has brought a team to the Pot o’ Gold. His team played well two years ago and not so well last year.

“This place is awesome,” Hamilton said.

Hall and Stepp especially played well for Hamilton’s team. Hall shot a 75-74 for a 149 and Stepp went 74-76 for a 150.

The Eunice brothers were solid for the Sunset Gold team. Chad Eunice had a 76 on Saturday and was even-par on Sunday with a 72 that gave him a 148.

Windom’s Black team finished at 127, just two strokes behind the leaders and tied with the Spring Hill Country Club team of professional Stan Moore.

The Black team followed Saturday’s 66 with a 61, the best team score of the tournament.

Former Georgia Amateur champion Adam Thomas had an 82-74 for a 156 and Kevin Blanton shot a 77-80 for a 157. Ernie Venet went 83-82 for 165.

The Marietta Country Club team, which won via the tie-breaker last year, turned in a 135, 10 shots behind the leaders. Andy Blanton’s foursome also shot a 135.

Other Sunset amateurs who played well in the tournament included Aaron Elrod, 75-77 for a 152; Grady Clements, 78-78 for a 156; Jack Faison, 83-74 for a 157; Darin Bentz, 80-78 for a 158; and Lavon Stripling, 87-79 for a 166.







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