Southern Golf Association
Nashville, Tenn. - Slender Hubert Green, of Birmingham, Ala., won his second Southern Golf Association championship by out-firing a fine field in the 63rd annual tournament at the Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville in July, 1969.
Green shot an eight-under-par 280 total for the 72 holes to whip Bob Barbarossa. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., by five shots. Green was under par in every round going 71-69-69-71.
His play on the back nine was the difference as he finished that side 13 under par. In playing the two back side par three holes he had seven birdies and one par for an amazing seven under for the eight attempts.
Steve Melnyk, the Western champion, finished third at 286 followed by defending champion Lanny Wadkins, of Richmond, Va., at 287.
Green went into the final round with a five shot lead and held it nearly all the way on the last 18.
In a playoff during the third round Melnyk's 75 whipped Bob Lowry, Jr., Huntsville, Ala., for the medalist award. The two had tied at 139 over the 36 hole route for the medal.
Melnyk, of Brunswick, Ga., led Georgia to the team title at seven under par for the 36 holes. Joining Melnyk (139), was Jim Gabrielson, Atlanta, at two under, Atlanta's Charlie Harrison one under and James Key, Columbus, one over.
Green had previously won the Southern in 1966 over his home course at the Birmingham Country Club.
The tournament drew 220 of the top amateurs in the 14 states composing the SGA with the entry maximum being reached a full month before the tournament start.
Green had been right behind the leaders through the first 36 holes at Belle Meade, then pulled away with his third round 69. In the final round Hubert wrapped it up when he put together three straight birdies at Nos. 14, 15 and 16 to beat down the final challenge of the other contenders.
Ed Brantly, of Signal Mcuntain, Tenn. won a playoff with John Mahaffey, of Kerrville, Texas, for the first division after both had totaled 299. Lew Conner, of Nashville, won the second division with a 305 total for the 72 holes over the testing Belle Meade layout.
|Hubert Green||Birmingham, Ala||280|
|Robert Barbarossa||Ft. Lauderdale, Fla||285|
|Steve Melnyk||Brunswick, Ga||286|
|Lanny Wadkins||Richmond, Va||287|
|Robert Bryant||Charlotte, N. C.||291|
|Bob Lowry, Jr||Huntsville, Ala||293|
|Jeff Thompson||Greenville, S. C||293|
|Joe Inman, Jr||Greensboro, N. C||293|
|James Gabrielson||Atlanta, Ga||294|
|Charles Harrison||Atlanta, Ga||294|
|Jimmy Wittenberg, Jr.||Memphis, Tenn||295|
|Downing Gray||Pensacola, Fla||295|
|Eddie Pearce||Temple Terrace, Fla||296|
|John Carey Minor III||Roanoke, Va||296|
|Dennis Walters||Denton, Texas||296|
|John Rees||Nashville, Tenn||297|
|Bob Wilson||Memphis, Tenn||297|
|Dale Morey||High Point, N. C||297|
|James Key||Columbus, Ga||297|
|Dennis Iden||Plantation, Fla||297|
|Marty Graham, Jr||Nashville, Tenn||297|
|Mickey Van Gerbig||Palm Beach, Fla||298|
|Leonard Thompson||Winston-Salem, N. C||298|
|Michael Estridge||Mulberry, Fla||298|
|Bobby Wadkins||Richmond, Va||300|
|Charles Major||Birmingham, Ala||300|
|Elliott Kirven||Columbus, Ga||300|
|Alec Grant||Jasper, Ala||301|
|George Cadle||Middlesboro, Ky||301|
|Billy Joe Patton||Morganton, N. C||301|
|Larry White||Chattanooga, Tenn||301|
|Frank Powers||Raleigh, N. C||301|
|Marvin Nischan||Nashville, Tenn||302|
|Bill Harvey||Greensboro, N.C||302|
|Richard Leckey||St. Petersburg, Fla||303|
|Kip Minter||Orlando, Fla||304|
|Bo Trotter||Columbus, Ga||305|
|Mike Taylor||Meridian, Miss||305|
|Jack Roundtree||Lake City, Fla||305|
|Clay Holloway||Murfreesboro, Tenn||306|
|Layne Wallock||Montgomery, Ala||312|
|James Fitzgibbon||Coral Gables, Fla||315|
|Ed Brantly||Signal Mountain, Tenn||299|
|John Mahaffey||Kerrville, Texas||299|
|(Brantly won first in playoff)|
|Corker DeLoach||McMinnville, Tenn||302|
|Paul Hutchins||Jacksonville, Fla||303|
|David Boyd||Atlanta, Ga||303|
|Lew Conner||Nashville, Tenn||305|
|Frank Campbell||Huntsville, Ala||307|
|Richard Waters||Atlanta, Ga||308|
|Jimmy Wittenberg, Sr||Memphis, Tenn||310|
|Bill Lovett||Toccoa, Ga||310|
|Wes Gilliland||Chattanooga, Tenn||310|