By Grantland Rice, II
Tarpon Springs, Florida-There really was only one big story during the 72nd annual Southern Golf Association championship played at Innisbrook and that was RAIN.
As the staff at Innisbrook said, it should have been named the H-2-0 Open for neither the Southern nor Innisbrook had ever faced such problems in trying to complete a major championship.
Jim Woodward, of Oklahoma State, shook off
the conditions to win his most prestigious title by three shots
as he held off the late challenge of Vance Heafner with a 72-hole
total of 291.
The conditions caused a 36-hole windup on Sunday, a day after the scheduled finish, and through it all Woodward was steady as a rock with rounds of 72-72-72-75.
Innisbrook is a true test without any added problems and under the conditions the 291 total was a fine 72-hole showing. In fact, the only score under 70 all week was by Robert Tway, of Georgia, when he shot a remarkable 68 over the third round.
At the end of Saturday's play, which was the 36-hole mark, Woodward and Jon Chaffee, Universitv of Texas player, were tied at 144. Then Woodward produced his 147 finish during perfect weather for the 36-hole finish while Chaffee found nothing but troubleshooting 92-82 and finished way down in the pack.
Meanwhile young Heafner, son of former touring pro Clayton Heafner, closed with a strong 70 and added to his opening play of 71-78-75 he moved to the runner-up position.
Todd Smith, of Raleigh, N. C., and John McGough, of Greenville, Miss., tied for third at 298, and tied for fifth at 299 were Lindy Miller, the defending champion from Oklahoma State, and Randy Wilkins, University of Kentucky player.
Miller had rounds of 74-78-71-76 as he never really got it going to move into contention.
The most amazing feat was by Buddy Alexander, of Statesboro, Ga., by taking only five shots on the Island course's tough par five No. 2 hole over the 36 holes Sunday. First he picked up an eagle, then on the second time around he battered that with a double eagle. He shot 71 the first 18 on Sunday and 79 the next time around.
It was probably a miracle that the tournament was finished at all and a lot of the credit had to go to Arlin Grant and his ground crew as they worked from dawn till dark to make the course playable.
|Jim Woodward, Oklahoma State||72-72-72-75-291|
|Vance Heafner, Cary, NC||71-78-75-70-294|
|Todd Smith, Raleigh, NC||79-72-73-74-298|
|John McGough, Greenville, MS||74-74-73-77-298|
|Randy Wilkins, Kentucky||76-74-74-75-299|
|Lindy Miller, Oklahoma State||74-78-71-76-299|
|Hal Sutton, Shreveport, LA||76-70-78-77-301|
|Joe Hodge, Tampa, FL||76-75-77-73-301|
|Steven Leibler, University of South Carolina||72-77-77-76-302|
|Robert Tway, Marietta, GA||80-73-68-81-302|
|Doug Brehme, St. Petersburg, FL||80-74-72-77-303|
|Jack Veghte, Clearwater, FL||73-77-76-77-305|
|Mark Lawrence, Maryland||77-75-70-82-304|
|Pete Willians, Stetson||78-74-77-75-304|
|Jeff Goettman, Duke||74-77-75-79-305|
|Buddy Alexander, Statesboro, GA||76-79-71-79-305|
|Ricky Gregg, Knoxville, TN||75-77-79-74-305|
|Bill Bergin, Marietta, GA||79-73-75-78-305|
|Larry Jones, University of Maryland||73-75-79-79-306|
|Ralph Landrum, Lexington, KY||74-76-79-77-306|
|Tom Reynolds, North Carolina State||80-73-77-76-306|
|Kevin King, University of North Carolina||77-74-79-77-307|
|Austin Jones, Orlando, FL||76-74-75-87-307|
|John McKey, Delray Beach, FL||74-77-78-78-307|
|Rick Pearson, Bradenton, FL||77-73-80-78-308|
|Ken Snyder, Winter Haven, FL||72-79-80-78-309|
|William Buttner, University of North Carolina||72-79-80-78-309|
|Vance Whicker, Greensboro, SC||75-77-79-78-309|
|George Creagh, Nashville, TN||72-78-80-80-310|
|Bubba Wilson, Tupelo, MS||75-78-80-78-310|
|Al Forney, Macon, GA||75-77-77-81-310|
|Mel Calender, San Marcos, TX||78-76-81-85-310|
|Lionel Bailey, Alexandria, LA||78-77-74-81-310|
|Dennis Deja, SPJC||79-76-76-79-310|
|Dan Yates, Atlanta, GA||76-78-78-79-311|
|Clay Long, Natchez, MS||79-74-79-79-311|
|Mark Gammell, Houston, TX||74-75-79-83-311|
|David Allen, Arkansas||76-73-82-81-312|
|R. H. Widener, Charleston, SC||77-78-79-78-312|
|Steve Hart, Tequesta, FL||75-76-81-80-312|
|Kevin Walsh, Clemson, SC||75-75-81-82-313|
|E. D. Brantley, Signal Mountain, TN||72-78-76-81-314|
|Ken Scott, Marietta, GA||76-77-75-87-315|
|John Jones, Tampa, FL||79-74-83-79-315|
|Jerry Greenbaum, Atlanta, GA||80-75-79-81-315|
|John Jacobs, St. Petersburg||78-77-80-80-315|
|Stanley Sargeant, Florida||73-77-83-83-316|
|Buck Leigh, Columbia, SC||82-73-78-83-316|
|Marc Linton, Florida||78-77-80-81-316|
|Bill Scott, Huntsville, AL||77-78-81-80-316|
|Bob Kramer, Prmbrke Pines||74-78-81-84-317|
|Jon Choffee, Texas||71-73-92-82-318|
|Chris Cookson, Mobile, AL||77-78-81-83-319|
|Cleve Coldwater, Huntsville, AL||76-79-81-83-319|
|David Anthony, Andalusia, AL||75-78-81-86-320|
|Pril Powers, Memphis, TN||78-75-86-81-320|
|Robert Hartmann, Memphis, TN||78-74-85-84-321|
|Richard Hope, St. Petersburg, FL||77-78-83-83-321|
|Steve Hudson, Jasper, AL||79-76-84-83-322|
|Gary Chazen, Union City||78-77-84-84-323|
|Steve Lowery, Birmingham, AL||76-79-79-89-323|
|Tom Randall, Charleston, SC||74-80-82-88-324|
|Ralph Ellis, Irving, TX||75-80-86-85-326|
|Daniel Porter, Houston||77-78-87-84-326|
|Chris Newman, Fayetteville||76-79-87-84-326|
|William Hyndman, Pine Tree||No Card|