Clarke Hendrick and Aaron Elrod have done this before.

Not win the Ramsey Pidcock Invitational, which they did handily on Sunday at Sunset Country Club.

But Elrod and Hendricks were teammates on the 2006 Colquitt County High golf team that won the Class AAAAA state championship.

As they did six years ago, the two former Packers had to wait out a weather delay on Sunday before claiming the first-place awards.

The two turned in a 62 on Sunday that combined with their first-round 64 gave them a 126.

That left Greg Coop and Kevin Blanton four strokes back. It was the third year in a row that Blanton and Coop turned in the second-best score in the Ramsey Pidcock.

Jon Ladson and Chad Eunice were third with a 131.

Two-time defending champions Sam Hogan and Greg Reid of Valdosta were fourth with a 132.

Elrod helped get his team off to quick start on Sunday, birdieing four of the first five holes.

And a birdie by Hendrick on the sixth hole had them 5-under and gave them shot of confidence, knowing Blanton and Coop were capable of making a run.

“That was a two-shot swing,” Elrod said. “We knew Kevin and Greg could get hot.

“We just didn’t want to let them catch us.”

And they didn’t.

Elrod finished with a 65 that included eight birdies. Hendrick added four birdies.

And while the two won with a comfortable cushion, Elrod said the margin could have been greater.

“I cost a few shots (on Saturday),” he said.

Both were playing on a Ramsey Pidcock winning team for the first time.

Hendrick will be a senior on the Valdosta State golf team this fall and said qualifying will begin the second week of September.

Former Packer John Fordham also is playing at Valdosta State.

The Blazers first fall competition will be the Brickyard Championship in Indianapolis on Sept. 17-18.

Elrod, who played his college golf at Darton and Armstrong Atlanic, hopes to play some mini-Tour events in August and September and will attend PGA qualifying school in October.

The other flight winners are:

First flight: First, Von Sripling and Brad Eunice, 62-69 - 131; second, Ernie Venet and Brian Johns, 73-64 - 137; third, Andrew Eunice and Eli Stripling, 68-69 -  137; fourth, Jonathan Bridges and Jared Bridges, 67-70 -  137.

In the second flight: First, Gary Hilton and Dwayne Hale, 65-73 - 138; second, Brock Young and J.Cody Neal, 67-71 - 138; third, Hayden Willis and Patrick Kunes, 72-69 - 141; fourth, Andrew Dismuke and Burt Linnenkohl, 75-67 - 142.

Third flight: First, Scott Dismuke and Ralph Chambliss, 70-69 - 139; second, Andrew Kistler and Forrest Wisener, 71-70 - 141; third, Adam Edenfield and Matt Lord, 72-71 - 143; Dustin Walker and Jeff Taylor, 76-68 - 144.

Fourth flight: First, Barry Williams and Michael Green, 71-69 - 140; second, Ben Fuller and Tommy Collinsworth, 66-75 - 141; third, Reid Penuel and Josh Key, 69-75 - 144; fourth, Rusty Harrelson and J.P. Johnson 72-72 - 144.

Fifth flight: First, J. Mobley and Jason Womack 73-73 - 146; second, Donald Dale and Drake Dale, 74-74 - 148; third, David Infinger and Danny Grantham, 74-74 - 148; fourth, Craig Mims and Glen Gray, 74-75 - 149.

Sixth flight: First, Will Kellen and Johnny William-son, 75-70 - 145; second, Josh Dale and Gardner Dale, 70-77 - 147; third, Denny Bassham and Russ Davis, 76-77, 151; fourth, Clay Ulmer and Mike Waldrop, 74-77 - 151.

Seventh flight: First, Chip Blalock and Dave Buckridge, 77-76 - 153; second, Jerry Milligan and Greg Bohannon, 76-77 - 154; third, Rodney Traylor and J. Baker 76-78 - 154; Mark Blanchard and Cliff Bridges, 80-76 - 156.

In the eighth flight: Donnie Murphy and Charles Burch, 74-73 - 147; second, Derrick Thornton and Ron Trescott, 75-74 - 149; third, Kellen Copeland and Sam Harden, 76-77 - 153; Tommy Simmermon and Jack Johnson, 75-78 - 153.

 

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