By Grantland Rice, II
SGA Secretary-Treasurer

Columbus, Georgia-Lanky Bill Rogers fought off a brilliant closing nine holes by Guy Cullins to take the Southern Golf Association championship with a final 68 and a 276 total.

Rogers, of Texarkana, Tex., made the Southern his first major amateur victory on rounds of 70-65-73-68, one in front of Cullins who carded rounds of 69-73-69-66.

With Rogers threatening to make the championship run a breeze, Cullins, of Denton, Tex., started his move with a string of sub-par golf that will be remembered a long time around the host Green Island Country Club.

Cullins went birdie-birdie-birdie-par-eagle-birdie-par-birdie to tie Rogers going to the 18th hole. But, the new champion got a comfortable par on the tough finishing hole and Cullins three putted from 60 feet to let the chance at a playoff slip by.

"I didn't think it would take a final round 68 to win it," said Rogers as he accepted the George W. Adair trophy.

The 276 total was just one shot over the Southern record held by Dale Morey, set in Shreveport, La. in 1964. The Texan had set a medalist record when he shot 70-65, seven under par, in the opening two rounds.

Rogers had taken the tournament lead with that second round 65, and held a one shot lead on the field as the final round began. Bill shot a front side 33 and appeared to be in control only to see Cullins get hot.

Gil Morgan, Wewoka, Okla., was the only non-Texan to finish in the top five. Morgan tied Ben Crenshaw, the defending champion and pre-tournament favorite, and Arthur Russell, Freeport, Tex., for third at 281, five behind Rogers and three under for the route.

Danny Edwards, Edmond, Okla., was sixth at 283, followed bv Rusty Whigham, 284, Tommy Evans, Bill Harvey and Terry O'Toole, 285.

Texans dominated the tournament taking six of the top ten spots, and blitzing the four-ball event as Rogers (135), Whigham (136), Cullins (142) and Russell (142) combined for a team total of 555, a new record of 13 under par, plus Rogers' medalist record and ultimate victory.

For the fifth straight year the field of 220 was filled a month before the tournament started.

The Green Island host club committee, headed by Billy Key, did a fine job of seeing that the huge field got around without delay.

Bill Rogers, Texarkana, TX 70-65-73-68-276
Guy Cullins, Denton, TX 69-73-69-66-277
Gil Morgan, Wewoka, OK 69-67-73-72-281
Ben Crenshaw, Austin, TX 69-67-73-72-281
Arthur Russell, Freeport, TX 70-72-70-69-281
Danny Edwards, Edmond, OK 72-69-74-68-283
Rusty Whigham, San Antonio, TX 66-70-76-72-284
Tommy Evans, Dallas, TX 69-70-71-75-285
Bill Harvey, Jamestown, NC 73-69-73-70-285
Terry O'Toole, Oklahoma City, OK 72-73-70-70-285
Vinny Giles, Richmond, VA 74-68-68-76-286
Jimmy Gabrielsen, Atlanta, GA 75-69-70-72-286
Mickey McDonald, Baton Rouge, LA 70-71-73-72-286
Tony Pfaff, Austin, TX 68-72-72-75-287
Lyn Lott, Douglas, GA 71-72-71-73-287
Chris Pigott, Marlow Heights, MD 73-72-69-73-287
Elvis Larkin, Huntsville, AL 71-75-71-70-287
Larry Griffin, New Orleans, LA 73-72-70-72-287
Gary Koch, Temple Terrace, FL 71-72-76-68-287
Jimmy Wittenberg, Memphis, TN 72-69-74-74-289
Tom Jones, Jr., Birmingham, AL 72-73-73-71-289
Shelby Houston, Shreveport, LA 74-71-74-71-290
Bill Argabrite, Kingsport, TN 72-74-71-73-290
Bobby Edgerton, Raleigh, NC 70-73-76-71-290
Stan Stopa, New Orleans, LA 72-68-76-75-291
Mike Nelms, Chattanooga, TN 73-72-73-73-291
Mike Killian, Largo, FL 71-74-69-78-292
Mike Smith, Selma, AL 67-74-77-74-292
Murphy Trahan, New Orleans, LA 73-73-76-70-292
Bobby Wadkins, Richmond, VA 75-69-70-79-293
Charles Major, Birmingham, AL 74-74-72-73-293
Steve Morgan, Orlando, FL 71-75-76-71-293
Ed Selser, New Orleans, LA 71-72-77-75-295
Ben Duncan, Quincy, FL 73-74-74-74-295
Rennie Law, Greensboro, NC 72-76-74-74-296
Bill Zimmerman, Columbus, GA 70-79-76-71-296
Buddy Alexander, St. Petersburg, FL 72-76-72-76-296
David Ojala, Houston, TX 72-73-75-77-297
Downing Gray, Pensacola, FL 76-69-76-76-297
Jack Clement, Marrero, LA 72-76-73-76-297
Julian Arnold, Miami, FL 70-79-76-72-297
Phillip Hancock, Greenville, AL 70-75-73-80-298
Robert Mathews, Richmond, VA 71-71-78-78-298
Bobby Brent, Columbus, GA 74-75-76-73-298
Bo Trotter, Columbus, GA 75-74-76-73-298
John Vanderbloeman, Linville, SC 70-75-77-77-299
Danny Yates, Atlanta, GA 72-74-77-76-299
George Swift, Columbus, GA 74-73-74-79-300
John Godwin, Columbus, GA 76-73-73-78-300
Lew Oehmig, Chattanooga, TN 74-73-76-77-300
Wade Mayo, Atlanta, GA 71-73-77-74-300
Kipp Minter, Orlando, FL 73-74-80-73-300
Greg Goldsmith, San Antonio, TX 74-75-76-76-301
Elliott Kirven, Columbus, GA 77-72-79-74-392
David Eger, Charlotte, NC 74-75-80-73-302
King Oehmig, Chattanooga, TN 74-75-79-78-306
Dole Morey, High Point, NC 73-70-70-withdrew
Bob Bryant, Charlotte, NC 75-70-73-withdrew