Southern Golf Association

North Palm Beach, Fla. - Eighteen-year-old Lanny Wadkins became the youngest champion of the Southern Golf Association tournament since Bobby Jones' days when he captured the title at the Lost Tree Club near Palm Beach in July of 1968.

Wadkins, of Richmond, Va., stood off the challenge of the finest field in history to take the title on rounds of 71-70-69-74 for a total of 285, one shot in front of University of Houston player David Shuster.

Wadkins won the coveted crown despite starting the 72 holes in a most disastrous way. He put his first shot of the tournament out-of-bounds yet came back from that start to post his opening 71 and go on to a three under par total for the 72 hole route.

Bobby Greenwood, Cookeville, Tenn., blistered the famed ocean layout for a course record 64 in the second round and this helped him to third place at 287, one shot back of Shuster.

Greenwood's hot eight-under-par round broke the old course record by two shots set by a couple of fair country golfers named Nicklaus and Palmer.

Rounding out the top ten were Robert Babarossa, University of Houston, at 288; Dale Morey, High Point, N.C. and John Mahaffey, another Houston U. player at 289; Bill Harvey, Greensboro, N. C., Hubert Green, Birmingham, Ala., and Bruce Fleisher, Miami, at 290 with Joe Inman, Jr., Greensboro, N.C. at 291.

Of the top ten finishers only Greenwood, Morey and Harvey were non-collegians. Greenwood got there with his second round 64, Morey was helped by a 67, also in the second round, and Harvey fashioned a two-under 70 in the last round to gain a spot in the top ten.

Fleisher, the Miami junior college hot shot who later in the year won the National Amateur, had troubles in the second round with a 75 or he could have put on some pressure in the final 18.

Marvin (Vinny) Giles III, the 1967 Southern winner from Charlottesville, Va., finished in a tie for 11th at 293. The redhead just couldn't get a hot round going as he shot 72-74-72-75. However, he came back later in the summer to finish second by one shot for the second year in a row in the National Amateur.

Florida won the Bob Jones four-ball championship with Shuster (137), Barbarossa (144), Fleisher (144) and Downing Gray (144), combining for a total of 569 for the first two rounds, four shots in front of North Carolina.

Shuster took medalist honors with his 69-68 opening rounds for 137, a shot better than Greenwood's 138 fashioned with a 74-64.

The field for the 62nd annual Southern closed at the earliest date in history with the 210 spots taken a month before the tournament, indicating that interest continues to grow in this prestige tournament.

The field was reduced, after 36 holes, to the championship, first and second divisions with 109 contestants.

Bobby Wadkins, younger brother of the champion, won the first division with a 294 total and Mike Schlueter and Jay Horton tied for first in the second division.

The 1969 Southern Golf Association championship is to be played at the Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville, July 16-19th.

Final Results
Lanny Wadkins Richmond, Va. 71-70-69-75--285
David Shuster No. Palm Beach, Fla. 69-68-76-73--286
Bobby Greenwood Cookeville, Tenn. 74-64-75-74--287
Robert Barbarossa Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 70-74-76-68--288
Dale Morey High Point, N. C. 74-67-75-73--289
John Mahaffey Houston, Tex. 72-72-74-71--289
Hubert Green Birmingham, Ala. 71-72-72-75--290
Bruce Fleisher Miami, Fla. 69-75-73-73--290
Bill Harvey Greensboro, N.C. 69-75-77-70--290
Joe Inman, Jr. Greensboro, N.C. 73-72-71-75--291
Marvin Giles, III Charlottesville, Va. 72-74-72-75--293
Mickey Van Gerbig Palm Beach, Fla. 72-73-75-73--293
Bobby Wadkins Richmond, Va. 75-73-76-70--294
Jack Veighte Clearwater, Fla. 73-73-76-72--294
Elliott Kirven Columbus, Ga. 75-74-73-74--296
Steve Melnyk Brunswick, Ga. 76-75-73-72--296
Lew Oehmig Chattanooga, Tenn 77-73-74-73--297
Cobby Ware Atlanta, Ga. 70-74-76-77--297
Michael Killian St. Petersburg, Fla. 77-75-74-72--298
Downing Gray Pensacola, Fla. 77-67-71-83--298
Kenneth Sawyer Guilford College, N.C. 69-74-82-74--299
Allen Keminisky Atlanta, Ga. 67-76-77-79--299
Kevin Butler Palm Beach, Fla. 74-74-72-80--300
Marlen Vogt, Jr. Jacksonville, Fla. 74-73-80-73--300
Tom Jones, Jr Valley Head, Ala. 72-74-75-80--301
Corker DeLoach McMinnville, Tenn 76-74-76-75--301
John Durr Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 73-76-77-75--301
Charles Harrison Atlanta, Ga. 82-71-76-72--301
Lyn Lott Douglas, Ga. 74-80-74-74--302
Allen Miller Pensacola, Fla. 76-79-75-72--302
Charles McCallum Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 76-74-76-77--303
David Everett Macon, Ga. 74-76-78-75--303
Eddie Pearce Temple Terrace, Fla. 72-76-82-73--303
Richard Stephens St. Petersburg, Fla. 69-78-77-80--304
Dick Pride Tuscaloosa, Ala. 74-75-76-79--304
Billy Joe Patton Morganton, N.C 75-73-82-74--304
Mike Taylor Meridian, Miss 74-81-71-78--304
David Barnes Atlanta, Ga. 69-76-81-79--305
Phil Lockey St. Petersburg, Fla. 72-75-80-78--305
Larry White Chattanooga, Tenn. 78-74-80-73--305
Bobby Egerton Raleigh, N. C 80-72-74-79--305
Sam Farlow Birmingham, Ala. 77-76-76-76--305
Jeff Thompson Knoxville, Tenn 78-71-78-79--306
Jerry Greenbaum Atlanta, Ga. 73-77-77-79--306
John Stolz III Coral Gables, Fla. 77-73-75-81--306
Curtis Person, Sr. Memphis, Tenn. 74-79-75-78--306
Jav Horton Wilmington, N.C. 81-75-77-73--306
Mike Schlueter Greensboro, N.C. 78-78-74-76--306
Dick McNeil Miami, Fla. 74-76-76-81--307
Kim Schwencke No. Palm Beach, Fla. 73-78-79-77--307
Robert -Stevens No. Palm Beach, Fla. 73-78-79-77--307
Edward Everett Macon. Ga. 74-76-82-76--308
Bucky Avers Athens, Ga. 72-77-81-78--308
Richard Whitfield Vero Beach, Fla. 70-78-82-79--309
Bob Thompson Greenville, S.C. 73-84-79-73--309