Southern Golf Association

New Orleans, La.-Virginia's Lanny Wadkins ignored four days of steady rain to outdistance a top quality field in winning the 1970 Southern Golf Association championship over the Lakewood Country Club course in New Orleans.

It was the second Southern championship for the Wake Forest ace as he tore up the Lakewood course with rounds of 67-70-71-71 for a nine-under par 279 total.

Lanny, who was to win the 1970 National Amateur after the Southern, whipped second-place Tom Kite, Jr., of Austin, Texas by eight shots on a course that played extremely long and tough due to the constant rains which almost washed out the last round.

The Richmond, Va. flash was consistently hitting his iron shots dead to the pins and seldom was off the fairways, which were narrow with heavy rough giving most players fits.

John Mahaffey, Kerrville, Texas, and Eddie Pearce, Temple Terrace, Fla., tied for third at 290 behind Kite's 287.

In the final round Wadkins hit 16 of 18 greens and had three birdies and two bogeys. He had previously won the 1968 Southern at North Palm Beach, Fla. with a 285 total over the Lost Tree course.

Jimmy Wittenberg, Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., and Bill Rogers, Texarkana, Texas, tied for fifth place with 291 totals.

Kite and Mahaffey led Texas to the Bob Jones Four-Ball Championship with Howard Harpster and Kurt Cox teaming with the two leaders.

Wadkins' 67-70 opening rounds were good for medalist honors.

Mike Kallam, Winston-Salem, N. C., won the first division with a 296 total with Jackie Cummings, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Bill Dagle second at 300.

Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, Ga., won the second division with a 305 total with Bobby Wadkins, Lanny's younger brother, and John Stoltz, Miami, Fla., in second at 306.

The 64th annual SGA championship again drew a record entry with the field being filled a full month before the tournament began. 

Lanny Wadkins, Richmond, VA 67-70-71-71-279
Tom Kite, Jr., Austin, TX 67-75-72-73-287
John Mahaffey, Kerrville, TX 73-66-76-75-290
Eddie Pearce, Temple Terrace, FL 72-72-71-75-290
Jimmy Wittenberg, Jr., Memphis, TN 72-72-72-75-291
Bill Rogers, Texarkana, TX 72-74-72-73-291
Bill Harvey, Jamestown, NC 74-73-72-73-292
Tommy Valentine, Gainesville, GA 72-73-71-76-292
Downing Gray, Pensacola, FL 71-74-75-73-293
Vaughn Mois, New Orleans, LA 71-78-74-70-293
Kurt Cox, San Antonio, TX 73-72-73-76-294
Tommy Evans, Dallas, TX 72-77-71-75-295
Mike Kallam, Winston-Salem, NC 74-79-72-71-296
Billy Joe Patton, Morgantown, NC 72-69-76-79-296
Mike Smith, Selma, AL 76-74-71-75-296
Dick Pride, Tuscaloosa, AL 74-76-78-71-299
Howard Harpster, Houston, TX 72-74-77-76-299
Richard Gaille, Jr., New Orleans, LA 72-75-77-76-300
Dick Leckey, St. Petersburg, FL 72-73-76-80-301
David Strown, Charlotte, NC 75-74-75-77-301
Layne Wallock, Montgomery, AL 75-73-77-76-301
Tom Wright, Houston, TX 73-76-77-75-301
W. E. Whitten, Pensacola, FL 76-69-79-78-302
Tommy Burns, Selma, AL 73-77-76-77-303
William Jackson, Jr., Roxboro, NC 74-73-78-78-303
Michael Kallam 296
Jackie Cummings & Bill Daigle 300
Gary Burns 301
Ben Duncan 302
Tommy Elkins 304
Mike Jones 305
Thomas McMahon & Frank Campbell, Sr. 307
Ted Sliman, Jr. 311
Ham Rogers, Mark Stephens, &
Jack Rivers 312
Scott Stewart 314
Stacy Russell 315
Jerry Greenbaum 305
Bobby Wadkins & John Stoltz 306
Larry Griffin 307
Jack Rountree & Joe Eubank 309
Thomas Jenkins & Al Porretto 310
Murphy Trahon, Jr. 312
Brad Lowther & James A. Smith 313
Jim DuBuys 314
Mike Hoyle & Dr. Frank Holt 321