MOULTRIE — If Kevin and Andy Blanton were going to win their second straight Ramsey Pidcock Invitational on Sunday, they were going to have to do it in a playoff.

Casey Willis and George Faircloth had other ideas.

The pair birdied the first playoff hole to win the championship of the 52nd Ramsey Pidcock, which closed out its two-day run on Sunday at Sunset Country Club.

The Blanton brothers, who shot a 126 to win the tournament in 2005, shot a 64 on Sunday to finish at 129. The two are longtime Sunset players.

Willis and Faircloth, who opened with a 62 on Saturday, fired a 67 to force the tie and the playoff.

And once in the playoff, Faircloth did the damage. He had an eagle on No. 10 earlier Sunday.

Then, after Willis, who is from Tifton, birdied the final three holes in regulation, Faircloth’s birdie with dark clouds looming gave him and his partner the championship.

Fairchild,who is from Cordele, refused to take credit for the championship.

“We are a team,” he said. “We really are a team.”

Kevin Blanton moved back to Moultrie recently and said he has not had an opportunity to play much since then.

He said it was his younger brother who kept the twosome in the hunt.

“Andy carried us,” he said. “He played well.

“We played good on the back nine. But the good thing was that everybody had a chance down the stretch. There were four or five teams that had a chance to win.”

Andy Blanton was just a shot away from a sixth Ramsey Pidcock championship. A win would have been the third for Kevin Blanton.

The team of Grady Clements and Aaron Elrod was third with a 66-64 for a 130, just one shot back.

Ernie Venet and Don Lucas teamed up to win the first flight, carding a 133. Clarke Hendrick, a rising Colquitt County High sophomore, and John Fordham, who will be a freshman, were second with a 136.

The teams of Jeff Jursik and Kirk Friedlander and Ben Fuller and Chuck Harrod turned in the best scores in the second flight, a 136. Fuller and Harrod won on regression.

In the third flight, Billy Edwards and his son Billy Edwards III shot a 66-73 for a 139 for the win. Donnie Edwards and Don Stringer were second with a 140.

Craig Stevens and Bud Beaty won the fourth flight with a 144 by two shots over the team of Don Hart and Jim Turner.

Harry Spires and Chip Blalock were first in the fifth flight with a 140. Mike Briggs and Danny Williamson were second with a 150.

A 144 posted by Ray Folsom and Henry Rackley won the sixth flight by one shot over Chris Giles and Jason Bell.

Tatum Johnson and Jason Womack won the seventh flight with a 147. Gerald Matthews and Jonathan Hayes were second with a 152.

David Farrell and Jack Johnson won the eighth flight with a 147. Phillip Groom and John Scarboro were second with a 156.

Championship flight

Casey Willis and George Fairchild 62-76-129; Andy Blanton and Kevin Blanton 65-64-129; Grady Clements and Aaron Elrod 66-64-130.

First flight

Ernie Venet and Don Lucas 68-65-133; Clarke Hendrick and John Fordham 70-66-136; Brad Eunice and Charlie Taylor 70-67-137; Patrick Leatherwood and John McKenzie 67-70-137.

Second flight

Ben Fuller Chuck Harrod 70-66-136; Jeff Jursik and Kurt Friedlander 67-69-136; Thompson Currie and Mabry Smith 76-62-138.

Third flight

Billy Edwards and Billy Edwards III 66-73-139; Donnie Edwards and Dan Stringer 72-68-140; Mike Harper and Jamie Taylor 69-72-141.

Fourth flight

Craig Stevens and Bud Beaty 70-74-144; Don Hart and Jim Turner 74-72-146; Logan McLean and Cliff Kirbo 73-74-146.

Fifth flight

Harry Spires and Chip Blalock 69-71-140; Mike Briggs and Danny Williamson 75-75-150; Thomas Wilson and Jim Wilson 78-73-151.

Sixth flight

Ray Folsom and Henry Rackley 72-72-144; Chris Giles and Jason Bell 71-74-145; Bright Hayes and Danny Jackson 77-69-146.

Seventh flight

Tatum Johnson and Jason Womack 74-73-147; Gerald Matthews and Jonathan Hughes 75-77-152; Cliff Bridges and Dave Oakes 80-79-159.

Eighth flight

David Farrell and Jack Johnson 73-74-147; Phillip Groom and John Scarboro 80-76-156: Rick Viars and Randy Waller 81-77-158.

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