SGA Executive Director
Houston, Texas-Once the tees were moved back it didn't take long for Ben Crenshaw to take charge of the 67th Southern Golf Association championship and wrap up a six stroke victory over the famed Champions' Cypress Creek course.
Gentle Ben actually took charge at the start as he blistered the course with a six under par 65, then lost the lead temporarily after 36 holes, only to close out with rounds of 67-69 as the tees were moved back to the full length and the pin placements became more difficult.
The stocky Texas Universitv ace had an interesting tournament as he collected one eagle, 19 birdies, five bogies and two double bogies, to whip Mike Killian, Largo, Fla.
Crenshaw's rounds showed 65-72-67-69 against Killian's 68-67-75-69. Killian, playing with an elastic brace to ease pleurisy pains, had taken the halfway lead on his four-under-67 the second round. He fell back the third round but recovered sharply by matching Ben's final round.
Keith Fergus, University of Houston ace, and Danny Edwards, Oklahoma State's top man, tied for third at 282 while Bill Rogers, the defending champion, and Phillip Hancock, a young University of Florida golfer from Greenville, Ala., were deadlocked at 284 in fifth place.
Hancock's 68 was the best round the final day. Gary Koch, another U. of Florida ace, had been in the running until the last 18 when he took a 79 finding water and other hazards on the toughened Champions layout.
Crenshaw's 273 total set a new record for the SGA since medal play was started in 1964. It broke Dale Morey's previous record of 275 set in '64.
Killian's 135 at the halfway point earned him the Sam Perry medalist award and that also equaled the medalist record set by Rogers the previous year at Columbus, Ga.
Killian led Florida to the Bobby Jones Four Ball championship teaming with Mickey Van Gerbig (137), Koch (140) and Downing Gray (141). Van Gerbig had played at his best with his 67-70 start and at that point was tied for second with Crenshaw.
It took 149 to make the cut, which was seven over par, and the original field of 208 was reduced to 70 for the final 36.
|Van Gillen, Jr||72-72-71-71-286|
|Mickey Van Gerbig||61-70-76-77-290|
|William Boles, Jr||74-70-73-74-291|
|Ben Duncan, Jr.||71-76-77-75-299|
|Frank Gusmus, Jr.||74-71-77-77-299|
|John G. Lewis||72-73-75-80-300|