VALDOSTA, Ga. (April 29, 2007)-- Brian Davidson of Baldwin and Scott Pitts of Cornelia scored a birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat four-time champions Carter Mize and Wright Waddell of Columbus in the 36th annual Georgia Four-Ball Championship at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. Pitts connected on a 40-foot birdie putt from the edge of the green on hole No. 10 to secure the victory after both teams finished the 54-hole tournament at 13-under-par 203.
One stroke back, second-round leaders Austin Haynes of Dalton and Jay Moseley of Bainbridge tied for third along with Doug Green of Cumming and David Noll Jr. of Dalton, who shared the first-round lead with Davidson and Pitts. Both teams had a chance to tie the leaders on the final hole. Moseley narrowly missed his 10-foot birdie putt on 18, while Green also came up short on a 19-foot attempt after getting to 12-under-par with a one-footer for birdie on the par-3 17th.
Three teams tied for fifth at 11-under 205, including John Belicka of Atlanta and Nick Brown of St. Simons Island, Eric Blaylock of Rome and Adam Thomas of Baxley and defending champions Doug Hanzel of Savannah and Bob Royak of Alpharetta. Tied for eighth at 207 were Jorge Cora of Atlanta and Pete Malcolm of Duluth and Michael Standard and Dave Womack of McDonough. Rounding out the top 10 in the standings were Mike Griffin of Atlanta and Scott Griffin of Dunwoody, Chris Hall of Kennesaw and Donny Phillips of Duluth and Cason Hammock and Bobby Thomas of Columbus, all at 8-under 208.
Mize and Waddell, who were four strokes back of the leaders entering the final round, carded the low round of the day, 65, to move up the leaderboard. They carded seven birdies and no bogeys, and moved to 13-under with a three-foot birdie putt by Mize on 17.
Davidson and Pitts, playing four groups back, also went to 13-under on 17, thanks to Davidson’s 35-foot chip from the fringe for birdie. They finished the round with a 68.
Both teams recorded par on the first playoff hole, No. 18, then moved to No. 10 for the second. Pitts was the only one to find the green in regulation – but barely, as he landed on the edge of the green about 40 feet from the hole. Mize and Waddell both dropped their second shots into greenside bunkers and Davidson’s approach fell short. Pitts then sank the putt for the Championship.
This is Pitts’ fourth victory in a GSGA statewide event. He captured the 2003 Atlanta Amateur Match Play title, 2004 Public Links Championship and was a member of the 2004 Georgia Team Championship squad from Lanier Golf Club. Davidson and Pitts teamed up to finish tied for third in the 2003 and 2004 Four-Ball Championships.
Mize and Waddell, who won Four-Ball Championships in 1991, 1995, 2003 and 2004, were seeking a record fifth title. They remain tied with Allen Doyle and David Dougherty of LaGrange, who won titles in 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990. This year’s result marks the second in a row they have gone to a playoff in this event – last year it took Hanzel and Royak nine holes to win the title over Mize and Waddell at Savannah’s Wilmington Island Club.
Kinderlou Forest played to 7,441 yards at a par-72 for the Championship, making it the longest track ever used in a GSGA competition.
--Story courtesy GSGA