SGA Executive Secretary
Charleston, South Carolina-Texan Lindy Miller
added to his Walker Cup prestige as he won the 1977 Southern
Amateur over a very strong field.
Miller, Oklahoma State ace, shot rounds of 71-70-70-72 and that steady play was the difference as he edged Jones and David Edwards, a Cowboy teammate, by two.
Both Jones and Edwards beat Lindy's final round 72 as they scored 71 and 70 respectively, while Robert Boyle, the third round leader, struggled to a 77 the final day and took fifth place.
Billy Pierot, of Ruston, La., was in the chase until the end on rounds of 71-69-72-74. He finished fourth, only three behind Miller.
The early rounds produced plenty of surprises. Boyle, from Summerville, S. C., produced most of the early talk on his three straight 70s.
The 26-year-old Boyle had played in only one tournament during the summer before the Southern and many wondered if he could stand up to the hot-shot college crowd. He did for 54 holes, but then the final 18 got him as he started bogey, bogey, went out in 42 and was out of it.
Miller and Pierot went through the first nine holes Of the final round with a shot difference for the day and all even for the 63 holes played.
But, on 12 Pierot bogied and Miller snaked
in a 30 foot birdie putt at 14 to go two ahead. In the meantime
Jones was making his run with birdies at 12, 13 and 14.
The top ten finishers had some veteran names listed as the collegians did not sweep everything. North Carolina's Bill Harvey was in the chase until a final 78 flattened his chances. He started 73-70-69 and finished at 290 with former Southern Champion Charlie Harrison, of Atlanta, and Mickey Van Gerbia, of Palm Beach.
At 292, and tied for tenth, was William Hyndman, playing in his first Southern. Hyndman started shaky with a 76 then toured the Snee Farm layout 74-69-73. He tied with Doug Gregory of Atlanta.
The sixth spot was claimed by still another veteran, Bob W. Rawlins, of Irving, Tex. at 289.
|Lindy Miller, Ft. Worth, TX||71-70-70-72-283|
|John Jones, Tampa, FL||72-68-73-71-284|
|David Edwards, Edmond, OK||71-72-72-70-285|
|Billy Pierot, Ruston, LA||71-69-72-74-286|
|Robert Boyle, Summerville, SC||70-70-70-77-287|
|Robert Rawlins, Irving, TX||74-71-70-74-289|
|Charles Harrison, Atlanta, GA||75-72-74-69-290|
|Mickey Van Gerbig, North Palm Beach, FL||75-58-73-74-290|
|Bill Harvey, Jamestown, NC||73-70-69-78-290|
|William Hyndman, Huntingdon Valley, PA||76-74-69-73-292|
|Doug Gregory, Atlanta, GA||78-69-71-74-292|
|Hal Sutton, Shreveport, LA||71-70-73-79-293|
|Danny Yates, Atlanta, GA||75-73-68-77-293|
|Mike Taylor, Meridian, MS||72-73-72-76-293|
|David Oglesby, Orange Park, FL||74-72-71-76-293|
|Harlan Fly, Memphis, TN||73-74-72-74-293|
|Marty West, Chevy Chase, MD||79-70-73-71-293|
|Tom Randall, Jr., Charleston, SC||74-73-76-71-294|
|Bill Sibbick, Martinsville, VA||71-74-74-75-294|
|Bill Adams, Starke, FL||76-72-72-74-294|
|Ron Gring, Mobile, AL||71-73-73-77-294|
|Paul Oglesby, Orange Park, FL||76-71-76-72-295|
|Larry Rinker, Gainesville, FL||77-73-73-72-295|
|Matt King, Nashville, TN||74-75-73-73-295|
|Joe Holbrook, Rome, GA||73-75-73-74-295|
|Griff Moody III, Athens, GA||76-73-70-76-295|
|Tommy Cleaver, Tampa, FL||73-71-74-78-296|
|Frank Ford IV, Charleston, SC||72-77-76-71-296|
|Eric Slovenkay, Winter Park, FL||73-76-73-75-297|
|Chip Beck, Fayetteville, NC||77-72-71-88-297|
|Ernie Adcock, Charleston, SC||70-73-74-81-298|
|Robert Donald, Athens, GA||76-74-73-75-298|
|Gus Holbrook, Rome, GA||73-72-73-80-298|