Georgia Four-Ball: Hogan/Spitalny win 4-team playoff
ALBANY, Ga. (March 30, 2014) -- A team from Athens, Tyler Hogan and Phil Spitalny, posted rounds of 71-70, totaling 3-under-par 141, and won the 26th annual Georgia Four-Ball Tournament after surviving a six-hole playoff with three other teams. This GSGA season-opening competition took place at both Stonebridge Golf and Country Club and Doublegate Country Club, March 28-30.

Competing at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club, four teams finished regulation tied at 3-under-par 141 at the top of the leaderboard: Hogan and Spitalny; Chad Branton of Cartersville and Steve Stewart of Adairsville (71-70); David Matthews and Doug Rayford, both of Valdosta (70-71); and Rick Dubois and David Maddox, both of McDonough (69-72). Over the course of six playoff holes, Hogan and Spitalny were left standing to claim the trophy, while Branton and Stewart earned runner-up honors. Dubois and Maddox finished third overall. Matthews and Rayford, who won this competition in 2011, finished fourth overall.

Two teams tied for fifth overall at 1-under-par 143, including the defending champions Gary Bernson of Atlanta and Scott Resseguie of Augusta (74-69), and Don Marsh of Johns Creek and Shad Fleeman of Cumming (73-70). Hal Lamb of Calhoun and Rick Brown of Adairsville (72-72) tied for seventh overall at even-par 144 along with Brent Harper of Tifton and Jeff Thorne of Sylvester (74-70). Rounding out the top 10 overall include two teams at 1-over-par 145: Chad Davis of Social Circle and Frank Webster of Conyers (77-68) and Bob Nance and Mike Nance, both of Calhoun (72-73).

Tom Olberding of St. Simons Island and Micah Smith of Canton won the fourth flight at 2-under-par 142 (72-70). The fifth flight was taken by Clint Carter of Atlanta and Bob Wilson of Lawrenceville at 1-under- par 143 (74-69). Zane Cooper of Fayetteville and Larry Saheim of Peachtree City teamed up to win flight six at 2-over-par 146 (77-69). Flight seven was won by Steve Gurley of Macon and John Sink of Juliette at 6-over-par 150 (75-75).

Due to heavy rains on Friday and severe weather on Saturday in the Albany area, round two of the Georgia Four-Ball Tournament was moved to Sunday. The 36-hole scores for all flights are considered final.

Entries were open to two-man teams of male amateur golfers who belong to a GSGA member club and have combined USGA Handicap Indexes of 4.0 and above and a maximum differential of six strokes. Of the 94 total teams, 82 were determined by lottery, three spots were reserved for each host club and one spot was reserved for each of the previous year's flight winners.

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