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July 1, 2013

Sudden-Death finish at Valdosta Open

VALDOSTA — The 52nd Annual Valdosta Open was held at the Valdosta Country Club this weekend, and with two sudden-death playoff holes to decide the champions, the tournament didn’t disappoint.

Jared Garrity and Bubba Gallops from Columbus, Ga won the Championship Flight of the Valdosta open over defending individual champion, John Gregory Joesph, and Jeffery Heinicka in a sudden-death playoff.

Garrity and Gallops, grouped with Scott Johnson and Stann Gann Jr., had a late start to the day, the last group to tee off on Sunday. A rain delay pushed the groups tee time to near 3 p.m.

Both teams finished with a two-day score of 134 and according to the Valdosta Open’s rules, a tie was to be decided by a sudden death playoff, thus 18th hole had to be replayed to decide a winner.

Both pairs made birdie the first time through. This called for the hole to replayed for a final time.

Garrity dropped a beautiful shot about eight inches from the cup on the second sudden death hole and tapped in the shot for eagle, The Valdosta Open Cup, and $750 in gift certificates to the Valdosta Country Club.

Kevin Blanton from Moultrie was the individual champion this weekend. The defending Jack Oliver champion had a two-day total of 141 in his first Valdosta Open competition.

“It feels really good to win the individual trophy,” Blanton said. “But it’s a team event. I missed an easy putt uphill that would have gotten us into the playoff, but we’ll have to try again next year, this is just a great gold course.”

Bart Greer and Matt Harper were leading the Senior Flight on Saturday night and held the lead to win, shooting a 145. They were able to edge Cliff Brown and Barry Chapman by one stroke for the title.

Adrian Fletcher and George Faircloth won the First Flight with a combined score of 133.

Daniel Knight and John Alday took first place in the Second Flight after shooting 139.

The teams of Zachary and Blake Cowart and Joe Brogdon and Charles Watson won the Third and Fourth Flight’s respectively.

The Valdosta Open was held as 36 holes of Four-Ball stroke play this year. Teams consisted of two players with handicaps within six shots of each other, each player played each hole and the team decided which score to count.

The field consisted of 65 teams.

  The individual stoke champion was chosen from the Championship Flight.

The Valdosta Open Tournament was sponsered by the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta.

The Valdosta Country Club helped raise close to $15,000 for the Boys and Girls Club to promote the social, educational, health, leadership, and character development of boys and girls during the critical periods of his or her growth.

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