When heavy rain hit Sunset Country Club on Sunday after the groups who teed off in the afternoon were still on the first hole, the Pot o’ Gold Pro-am committee was forced the call off the final round.
That ensured a team championship for the Griffin Country Club foursome led by Brian Dixon and a low pro title for Allen Thompson of Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club.
It also put another Keppler in the Pot o’ Gold record book.
The first two rounds were played in fine weather and the groups that teed off at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday got their rounds in.
But once the storm hit, Pot o’ Gold officials waited an hour before calling the tournament off.
It was the first time since 2010 that weather kept the event from running three days. And it cost several Sunset Country Club golfers a shot at titles.
The Sunset Black team of pro Bob Windom and amateurs Kevin Blanton, Eli Stripling and Andrew Eunice had shot a 58 on Saturday for a 20-under 124, just one shot behind the Griffin Country Club team.
Sunset’s Gold team — which included Windom and amateurs Jon Ladson, Jonathan Bridges and Chad Eunice — finished at 128, 16 under par.
Blanton shot a 66 on Saturday and finished at 137 in his quest to repeat his 2013 low amateur championship.
But he finished three strokes back of this year’s champion, Jonathan Keppler, who opened with a 63 on Friday and followed with a 71 on Saturday.
Keppler, a junior at Kennesaw Mountain High School, is the son of Marietta Country Club pro Stephen Keppler and played on his father’s team this year.
Jonathan Keppler has already committed to playing his college golf at Florida State, where his father was an All-American.
The elder Keppler, who was inducted into the Georgia Gold Hall of Fame in January, has a Pot o’ Gold-record 11 championships to his credit.
Dixon’s Griffin Country Club team included amateurs Taylor Jernigan, Terry Manley and Tye Waller.
Jernigan also finished second in Thursday’s long drive contest with a drive of 301 yeards.
Thompson won the low pro title with a 69-70 for a 4-under 140, one shot better than the 141 turned in by Stone Creek’s Bob Burk and White Oak’s Brandon Lovelady.
Thompson’s Pot o’ Gold title is his second. In 2006, he led his Eagles Landing Country Club foursome to the team championship.
Windom turned in rounds of 74 and 75.
Stripling had 143 and Eunice a 149 for Sunset’s Black team.
For the Gold team Chad Eunice had a 147, Ladson a 150 and Bridges a 151.
Bob Burk of Stone Creek was low senior with a 141.
In the new closest to the pin contest on Thursday, Phil Taylor finished first with an ace. Scott Curiel was second and Charlie Moeller was third.
Brandon Lovelady’s 312-yard effort won the long drive contest. Jernigan was second and Steve Cutler, with a 294, was third.
In the senior long drive competition, Barry Price was first with 274 yards. Curiel, at 273 yards, was second.