Pinehurst, North Carolina-For the past two Championships the Southern Golf Association has been cursed with bad weather but blessed with excellent Golf Course Superintendents, and this year at the Country Club of North Carolina was no exception. The last two rounds suffered delays caused by heavy rains, both at night and in the early morning, but play was completed each day due to the close attention paid by Bernie Greene and his staff in keeping the course playable. Bernie's close association with the "Man Upstairs" was never more evident than at the close of play when he recommended to SGA President Key to hold the prize presentation indoors. Without this good advice, we would have been thoroughly soaked as a severe thundershower hit just as the presentation started in the cozy confines of the Country Club of North Carolina Clubhouse.

Rafael Alarcon proved to be the best of the highly qualified group of players that entered the 73rd Southern Golf Association Championship, returning scores of 73-70-70-70-283 to win by one stroke over Jay Sigel, British Amateur Champion, and Bob Tway, a talented youngster from Marietta, Georgia, who is the roommate and teammate of Alarcon at Oklahoma State.

It was an exciting finish and could have gone either way as Alarcon, Sigel and Tway all had makeable eagle putts on the par 5 finishing hole. No eagle was made, although all three players did made birdies, and the title belonged to Alarcon by the thin margin of one stroke.

The final day started with Tway holding a four-stroke advantage after his sparkling round of 36-30-66 on the third day of play. However this lead was short lived and at the end of the first nine, of the lost round, Tway and John McGough, the North and South Amateur Champion from Greenville, Miss., were tied for the lead and Alarcon was one shot back while Sigel was two shots back. Alarcon took over the lead on the 16th hole and continued to hold his one-stroke advantage through the 72nd hole.

Alarcon, the two-time Mexican Amateur Champion from Guadalajara, confided that this was his biggest win in golf.

Finishing in 4th place was Wayne DeFrancesco of McLean, Virginia who plays his college golf at LSU. Frank Fuhrer, a North Carolina junior from Chapel Hill, took the 5th spot with an even par score of 288.

McGough, the Mississippi native playing for the University of North Carolina, had a chance at the title and held the lead until he lost strokes to par on the 14th and 15th holes. He also had trouble on the final hole when his strong tee shot found the water and in an attempt to hit it from the hazard, he was unsuccessful - had to then take a penalty and eventually finished in a tie for 6th spot with Bob Wolcott.

The surprise medalist was 18 year old Bob Wolcott from Dickson, Tennessee, who posted a 36-hole total of 67-71-138, which is six strokes under par. Surprise because of his tender years although he has had much experience as a fine Junior golfer. He finished in a tie for second in the 1978 SGA Junior Championship in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Bob Jones Trophy was won by North Carolina, with a 36 hole team score of 565, based on the performances of Frank Fuhrer, Chapel Hill (141); Scott Hoch, Raleigh (141); Dole Morey, High Point (141) and Bill Buttner, Chapel Hill (142).

Rafael Alarcon, Guadalajara, Mexico 73-70-70-70-283
Jay Sigel, Berwin, Pennsylvania 73-71-69-71-284
Bob Tway, Marietta, Georgia 74-69-66-75-284
Wayne DeFrancesco, McLean, Virginia 72-70-74-71-287
Frank Fuhrer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 71-70-73-74-288
Bob Wolcott, Dickson, Tennessee 67-71-78-73-289
John McGough, Greenville, Mississippi 71-72-70-76-289
Pick Pearson, Brandenton, Florida 74-73-73-71-291
Robert Wrenn, Midlothian, Virginia 71-72-72-76-291
Eric Smith, Martinsville, Virginia 73-72-69-77-291
John Poole, Roanoke, Virginia 75-74-75-70-294
Bill Bergin, Marietta, Georgia 77-71-75-71-294
Bill Buttner, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 72-70-74-78-294
Larry Jones, College Park, Maryland 73-68-72-81-294
Hal Sutton, Shreveport, Louisiana 74-70-78-73-295
James Prim, Pensacola, Florida 75-72-75-73-295
Joel Hirsch, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 74-69-76-76-295
Kevin King, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 75-72-72-76-295
Robert Stanger, Durham, North Carolina 70-72-76-77-295
Stephen Smith, Martinsville, Virginia 73-74-75-74-296
Joe Hodge, Tampa, Florida 73-75-76-73-297
Tom Cornelia, Hilton Head Island, S. C. 73-73-77-74-297
William Vann III, Jacksonville, Florida 73-75-74-75-297
Roy Hunter, Charlotte, North Carolina 73-76-73-75-297
John Elam, Charlotte, North Carolina 73-70-77-77-297
Tom Knox, Greensboro, North Carolina 74-75-75-74-298
Benny Dean, Raleigh, North Carolina 71-75-76-76-298
Tom Kelley, Pinehurst, North Carolina 73-73-74-78-298
South Smith, Memphis, Tennessee 71-75-74-78-298
Frederick Funk, College Park, Maryland 75-75-76-73-299
Phil Bland, Troy, North Carolina 70-80-72-77-299
Tom Reynolds, Raleigh, North Carolina 76-73-74-77-300
Billy Pierot, Ruston, Louisiana 72-77-73-78-300
Gory Pinns, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 72-75-73-80-300
Matt King, Nashville, Tennessee 73-76-77-75-301
R. F. Widener, Greensboro, North Carolina 71-75-74-81-301
Robert J. Klug, Pinehurst, North Carolina 74-76-76-76-302
Bobby Gause, Columbia, South Carolina 76-73-75-78-302
Dick von Tacky, Jr., S. Pines, N. Carolina 73-76-77-77-303
James White Grainger, Burlington, N.C. 79-71-76-77-303
Bob Dickerson, Dallas, Texas 75-75-75-78-303
Jimmy Parkin, Jr., S. Pines, N. Carolina 78-70-82-74-304
Gray Tuttle, Albemarle, North Carolina 77-73-77-77-304
Bob Kromer, Pembroke Pines, Florida 75-74-78-78-305
Mark Calcavecchia, N. Palm Beach, Florida 71-76-79-79-305
Michael Keliher, Brentwood, Tennessee 74-72-80-79-305
John C. Moore, Hendersonville, Tennessee 75-74-77-79-305
Madden Hatcher III, Columbus, Georgia 75-74-76-80-305
Jack Larkin, Atlanta, Georgia 76-74-81-75-306
Mark Stephens, Madison, North Carolina 71-76-79-80-306
Joey Sadowski, Hickory, North Carolina 76-74-76-80-306
Todd C. Smith, Charlotte, North Carolina 72-78-74-82-306
Rennie Low, High Point, North Carolina 74-76-80-78-308
Bucky Smith, Son Marcos, Texas 75-75-77-81-308
Jim Brennan III, Roswell, Georgia 74-76-77-81-308
L. Allen Johnston, Jacksonville, Florida 71-78-77-82-308
Barwick Brooks, Cary, North Carolina 76-73-75-84-308
Chuck Cordell, Pinehurst, North Carolina 78-71-82-78-309
Paul Collett, Pinehurst, North Carolina 72-78-82-77-309
L D. Simmons, Davidson, North Carolina 77-73-77-82-309
Jim Woodward, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 76-74-76-83-309
Robert Linville, Oak Ridge, North Carolina 74-76-75-84-309
Clay Long, Natchez, Mississippi 72-78-82-78-310
Wm. L. (Billy) Poteat, Columbia, S.C. 76-73-84-81-314
Scott Hoch, Raleigh, North Carolina 72-69-81-WD
Paul Spadafora, Durham, North Carolina 73-77-90-WD
Dole Morey, High Point, North Carolina 70-71-74-INJ

The George W. Adair Memorial Trophy was permanently enshrined in the Bob Jones Trophy Room at the Atlanta Athletic Club in 1978, and an agreement was reached with Waterford Crystal, Limited, in design a trophy which would be presented annually to the SGA Chas This Was the first presentation of the newly designed trophy.