Sanders back as mullet toss champ

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Chip Sanders tosses the mullet

David Adlerstein
Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 08:51 AM.

What a difference out of bounds makes.

In a stunning and dramatic upset Saturday on St. George Island, longtime mullet champ Hunter Bartley, gunning for his sixth straight title and the leader after the regular competition, was unseated in the toss-off by former champ Chip Sanders.

Sanders, who last won the mullet toss a half dozen years ago, had strong back-to-back throws, of 124’ and 132’ to earn a berth in the finals in the 22nd annual competition, held on the beach behind the Blue Parrot Restaurant.

But his best was easily outdistanced by Bartley’s best of 151 ½’ which enabled him to easily sail into the finals.

In his first time competing in the mullet toss, Jody Ledford, 43, from Thomasville, Ga., qualified for the finals with a 124’ throw.

In a last-minute appearance, former champion Robert Wilhoit threw out of bounds, and 120”, to narrowly miss the finals.

Brett Johnson, 30, who had slung the fish 152’ last year to make it to the finals, also had no such luck this year. His one throw was just 91’ and his other sliced out of bounds to the right and struck an onlooker.

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