RICHMOND — Bowling Green's Brothers Blann put a unique spin on the 96th AT&T State Amateur golf championship Thursday.
Jordan Blann became the first back-to-back winner of the State Am in nine years, but that was just a footnote to the main story of Jordan beating his younger brother Seth on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff at Gibson Bay.
"That was weird," Jordan said of the family finish. "You expect something like that in a club championship deal, not in the State Amateur.
"It was kind of cool and weird at the same time."
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Jordan, who just finished his senior year at Kentucky, sank a 7-foot birdie putt to beat his brother, who's a redshirt sophomore at UK.
"It was fun, but a little awkward," Seth said.
Jordan shot 68-67-71 to finish at 10-under 206.
Seth shot 69-70-67 to match his brother's total.
It took a while for the sibling-rivalry drama to unfold Thursday.
Jordan began the final round one shot out of the lead held by Eastern Kentucky graduate Jessie Massie and Centre College's Chris Morris.
Massie fell out of the top spot for good after bogeys at the 6th and 7th holes.
Morris, who placed third in the NCAA Division III championships a couple weeks ago, held at least a share of the lead until a bogey at the 16th.
Jordan Blann, playing in the last group with Massie and Morris, lost a ball and took a double bogey on the par-5 7th to fall three behind.
But he didn't let that ruin his day.
"I got mad for a moment and said a few choice words to myself, but I shook it off fairly well," he said.
"I played pretty persistent on the back nine."
He eventually got to 10-under with a birdie at the par-5 16th.
Seth, meanwhile, started the day five shots out of the lead and four behind his brother. He quickly pulled into contention with four front-side birdies.
He got to 10-under with a birdie on the par-3 17th.
Seth had finished his round by the time Jordan was stalking his birdie at the 17th.
Jordan thought his brother was in the clubhouse at 9-under, so he didn't know that dicey par putts of 8 and 10 feet at the 17th and 18th got him into the playoff with Seth.
It wasn't a totally new experience. When Jordan was a senior in high school and Seth was a freshman, they were part of a five-man playoff in the regional tournament.
Neither of them won.
That was the nice thing about this playoff. One of them was guaranteed victory.
When it came time to flip a coin to see who would tee off first, the brothers kidded each other that they should arm wrestle for honors.
"We talked the whole way, so I was pretty calm," Seth said. "It was kind of like another day in the park playing him."
Jordan didn't mind facing off with Seth.
"If I was to have a playoff with anybody, I'd want it to be him because there's nobody I'd want to win it more if I didn't," he said.
Donna Blann, their mother, stayed calm as she and her husband Scott watched their sons' duel in the sun.
"You want to feel like it's a win-win situation," she said. "One of them has to lose, but you're so proud of both of them.
"It's good for Jordan's confidence because he's turning pro. And it's good for Seth to know he can play with his big brother."
Jordan became the first repeat State Am winner since Eric Mason in 2000 and 2001. Jordan, 23, will turn pro and play in a mini-tour event in North Carolina in two weeks.
Seth, 20, will be back in the State Am next year at Kearney Hill Links to try to keep the title in the family.