MOULTRIE — True, Eagle’s Landing Country Club entered a team in Sunset Country Club’s Pot o’ Gold Pro-Am for the first time this year and made off with the championship trophy.

But it was not as if the Henry County foursome was totally unfamiliar with the Sunset course.

Eagle’s Landing professional Allen Thompson played in the tournament last year as an amateur on Mike Rudd’s Georgia National team.

So did amateur Dave Womack.

And Thompson and Womack, as teammates at Eagle’s Landing High, played in the Packer Invitational one year.

And, as teammates of Colquitt County’s Jack Croyle at Georgia State, the two stopped for a round at Sunset on the way back from having played in a tournament at Florida State in 2001.

The Pot o’ Gold team also included amateurs Steve Meyer, who also played golf at Georgia State, and Dow Culberson, who played baseball for the Panthers.

With Thompson, Womack and Meyer playing especially well, the foursome led the final two days.

In third place after the first day with a 62, the team shot a 59 on Saturday and a 63 on Saturday to fire a 32-under-par 184 to take the first-place trophy.

Thompson credited the team’s familiarity with each other for its strong play.

“We just get along as a team,” he said.

Womack, playing in his third Pot o’ Gold, agreed.

“We complement each other,” said Womack, who missed the low amateur trophy by just a stroke.

“It was awesome. And it’s been a lot of fun.”

Thomasville’s Glen Arven Country Club was second, just a shot back.

Highland Country Club, Cartersville Country Club and the Sunset Country Club A team were third with a 186.

Sunset B, which shot a 14-under 58 on Sunday, tied with Jacksonville Country Club for fourth.

Valdosta Country Club, last year’s winner and a two-time Pot o’ Gold team champion, shot a 19-under 197 and was 13 shots off the pace.

Carolina Country Club’s Jeff Peck shot a 7-under 209 to claim the low professional money. Sunset’s Bob Windom, who fired a 7-under 65 on Sunday — the best round of the tournament — was three shots back.

Thompson, who shot a 74-67-72, was third with a 213.

Stephen Keppler of Marietta Country Club, last year’s low professional and holder of eight Pot o’ Gold titles, was 10 shots back at 219.

Jonathan Cox, playing for Marietta Country Club, won the low amateur trophy with a 210.

Cox also won the Pot o’ Gold’s long drive contest on Thursday.

Womack and Chattahoochee’s Stuart Moore tied for second among the amateurs with a 211.

After a windy Friday, conditions could not have been better the last two days.

“The weather could not have been more perfect,” Hancock said.

Hancock was pleased with how the course looked and played, and gave the credit to superintendent Billy Carter, who recently became a certified greenskeeper.

“Billy does a tremendous job,” Hancock said. “We are fortunate to have a man of his quality and ability.

“The players comments were all very positive. There was good speed on the greens and the fairways looked the best they have in a while.”

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