MOULTRIE — Several years ago, Sunset Country Club golf professional Bob Windom came up with what has been adopted as the official tiebreader for the club’s annual Pot o’ Gold Pro-am.

The rule states that when two teams tie at the end of the tournament, the one with the lowest score on the final day of competition will claim the championship.

Windom had the right idea. Unfortunately, he and his Sunset teams have been victims of the tiebreaker each of the last two years.

In the rain-shortend. two-round 2008 Pot o’ Gold, Windom’s Sunset foursome finished tied after regulation with the Carterville Country Club team led by pro Scott Hamilton with a 19-under par 125

But Hamilton’s team shot a final-round 62. The Sunset quartet had a 63.

History repeated itself on Sunday, when Windom’s Sunset Gold team finished tied with Jarred Reneau’s International City Country Club team at 185.

But Reneau’s team, led by Ben Kishigan’s eagle on the first hole, had a 9- under 63. Sunset had a 65.

Windom’s group had a chance on No. 18, but “We had four putts at it and couldn’t get it in,” Windom said.

“We went to sleep on 12, 13 and 14. That cost us. We really lost it on 12 and 13.”

Windom’s Gold team, which included amateurs Kevin Blanton, Aaron Elrod and Ernie Venet, had shot a tournament-record 58 on Saturday and took a 2-stroke lead over Reneau’s foursome into the final round.

The Gold team led by 2 shots heading into the back nine, but could not put away the team from Warner Robins, which was making its first visit to the Pot o’ Gold.

Bobby Chaney birdied No. 13 and Kishigan knocked in a 17-footer on 14 as the International City team played well down the stretch.

Reneau said Sunset played to his team’s strengths.

“It’s not a very long course so you hit a lot of wedges,” Reneau said. “And we’ve all got pretty good short games.”

Halfway through the final round, Reneau had his doubts.

“We made the turn at 5 and I thought we were shot,” he said. “I didn’t think 9 would win today.”

Taking third place was the Chattahoochee Golf Club team led by Don Williams Jr., which used a final round 60 to turn in a three-day total of 180.

Windom’s Black team — which included Brad Eunice, Chad Eunice and Jon Ladson — finished tied for sixth at 190.

Hamilton’s Carterville team also tied for sixth.

Former Sunset player Andy Blanton brought a team from the Country Club of Columbus and scored a 192.

Windy conditions played havoc with many scores on Sunday, but Dave Womack and Fred Holton had little trouble, each turning in a 66 that won them the low amateur and low professional titles respectively.

And both were repeating their 2007 Pot o’ Gold titles.

Wommack, the former Mid Amateur champion, shot a 12-under 204, the same score he cared to win the 2007 championship.

Holton won low pro in 2007 by shooting a tournament-record 199.

His 213 this year left him in a tie with Jeff Peck of the Carolinas Golf Club, but his final round 66 was four shots better than Peck’s 70.

Holton also was the tournament’s low senior.

Andy Blanton shot a 74-67-76 for a 217 that had him tied for sixth among the professionals.

Windom had a 75-72-76 for a 223.

Kevin Blanton, who shot a 66 on Saturday, was even par at 72 on Sunday and finished finised second among the amateurs at 208.

Moultrie’s Greg Coop had a fine tournament, closing with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to finish 6-under at 210.

Coop finished fourth.

Colquitt County High senior Clarke Hendrick opened with 69 and turned in an even-par 216 to finish eighth.

Elrod was 1-under on Sunday and finished at 220. Brad Eunice also shot 220.

Colquitt County High junior John Fordham finished tied for 22nd with a 222. Kishigan also had a 222.

Chaney finished with a 223.

Darin Bentz and Pax Clark each shot 226; Jonathan Bridges had a 227; Jack Faison and Patrick Leatherwood each shot 228; Chad Eunice had a 229; Hayden Willis a 237; and Ben Fuller a 248.



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