Hilton Head Island, South Carolina-Steve Lowery of Birmingham, Alabama emerged as the winner of the 76th Annual Southern Amateur Championship, but only after a head to head match with John Spelman of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The winner was decided by a "sudden death" playoff since both players had completed the 72 holes of tournament play tied at 6 under par scores of 282. On the first hole of the playoff Lowery had a birdie to Spelman's par and thus Lowery earned the crown as 1982 Southern Amateur Champion.

Lowery returned scores of 73-68-71-70-282, 6 under par on the great Devil's Elbow South Course at Moss Creek Plantation. Spelman's scores were 69-73-71-69-282, also 6 under par for the 72 hole route. Jay Sigel of Berwyn, Pennsylvania finished third with rounds of 67-7373-71-284.

Fourth place was won by Lee Rinker of Stuart, Florida with a four round total of 285 consisting of rounds of 70-69-76-70. Finishing in fifth place was Scott Dunlop of Sarasota, Florida with rounds of 71-75-70-70-286.

Sixth place was shared by two players with scores of 289; Jack Veghte, Clearwater, Florida and Ray Biancalana, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 8th place was John Inman of Greensboro, North Carolina at 291; while Brad Faxon of Somerset, South Carolina was ninth at 292.

Four players shared the tenth place, tied at 293. These were Jeff Goettman, Durham, North Carolina; Stuart Smith, Nashville, Tennessee; Ignacio DeLeon, Sugarland, Texas and Danny Yates, Atlanta, Georgia.

At the end of the first 18 holes of play Jay Sigel took the lead by a thin one stroke margin by reason of his fine opening round 67 which is 5 under par. Close on his heels, however, were David Leveille of Baton Rouge, Louisiana with an opening round 68 followed by Spelman, Rinker, Mark Brooks, defending champion from Ft. Worth, and Dr. Gayle Sanchez from Baton Rouge, who each had rounds of 69. At this point one would have to consider Sigel as the favorite because of his proven record in both national and international competition.

However, at the end of 36 holes of play, Lee Rinker had taken over the lead and his 139 total, 5 under par, also gave him the medalist honors. At this point Rinker enjoyed a one stroke advantage over Sigel and a two stroke advantage over Lowery and Inman.

At the conclusion of 54 holes of play the lead changed again with Lowery in 1st place at 212, 4 under par. Following closely, at only 1 stroke behind was the trio of Spelman, Sigel and Inman. Also, at this point, Rinker and Veghte were only 3 strokes behind Lowery and all indications were that the Championship could still belong to any one of these closely-grouped players.

Spelman had a very fine closing round of 69, 3 under par, but Lowery refused to buckle under the pressure and his final round 70, 2 under par, gave him a total score of 282. Thus Lowery and Spelman were tied for the Championship. The first hole birdie by Lowery in the sudden-death playoff made him the winner.

Both Lowery and Spelman carry great credentials based on their past records and their respective college performances; and they both played superb golf and each was deserving of being the Champion. However, only one Champion can be recognized, and it is fitting that Steve Lowery's name will be added to the illustrious listing of winners of the Southern Amateur Championship.

The Devil's Elbow South Course at Moss Creek Plantation is truly a magnificent layout and a great test of golf. The excellent playing conditions presented a delightful challenge for all participants. The cooperation and assistance received from Tim Moss, Tournament Director and Golf Professional, and his staff, were outstanding and contributed immeasurably to the tremendous success of the 76th Southern Golf Association Championship.

The Bob Jones Trophy, awarded annually to the low team of four players from the some state (based on the first 2 rounds of tournament play), was won by Florida for the second year in a row. Their 36 hole team score was 575, based on the performance of Lee Rinker, Stuart (139); Jack Veghte, Clearwater (142); Scott Dunlap, Sarasota (146) and Ken Mattiace, Ponte Vedra Beach (148).

Steve Lowery, Birmingham, AL 73-68-71-70-282*
John Spelman, Hilton Head Island, SC 69-73-71-69-282
Jay Sigel, Berwyn, PA 67-73-73-71-284
Lee Rinker, Stuart, FL 70-69-76-70-285
Scott Dunlap, Sarasota, FL 71-75-70-70-286
Jack Veghte, Clearwater, FL 70-72-73-74-289
Roy Biancalona, Baton Rouge, LA 74-72-72-71-289
John Inman, Greensboro, NC 69-72-72-78-291
Brad Faxon, Somerset, SC 72-73-74-73-292
Jeff Goettman, Durham, NC 70-78-76-69-293
Stuart Smith, Nashville, TN 77-74-72-70-293
Ignacio DeLeon, Sugarland, TX 73-74-74-72-293
Danny Yates, Atlanta, GA 74-75-70-74-293
Tommy Moore, New Orleans, LA 72-72-80-70-294
Hall Fowler, Woodstock, GA 74-77-72-71-294
Kelly Clair, Chapel Hill, NC 73-75-74-72-294
Neal Morrison, Savannah, GA 76-72-76-71-295
Bob Wolcott, Jr., Dickson, TN 73-72-75-75-295
William Hyndmon, III, Huntingdon, WV 76-73-73-74-296
Jay Townsend, Tequesta, FL 75-77-75-69-296
Randy Watkins, Jackson, MS 72-76-74-74-296
Dillard Pruitt, Greenville, SC 76-69-76-76-297
Bob Rawlins, Dallas, TX 73-73-74-75-297
Wayne Westner, Benoni, S. Africa 70-78-80-69-297
David Leveille, Baton Rouge, LA 68-79-74-76-297
Pete Bymon, Raleigh, NC 73-73-74-78-298
John Pallot, Coral Gables, FL 75-75-75-73-298
Peter Persons, Macon, GA 73-75-77-73-298
Gene Sauers, Savannah, GA 75-74-73-76-298
Brent Taylor, Bartlesville, OK 74-76-75-73-298
Greg Fleischer, Elberton, GA 73-78-75-73-299
John Fridge, Mobile, AL 73-73-74-79-299
Tim Krapfel, Columbia, SC 73-72-74-80-299
Scott Verplank, Dallas, TX 73-79-75-72-299
David Boesel, Winter Park, FL 75-77-78-70-300
Norman Chapman, Spartanburg, SC 75-74-79-72-300
Ken Mattioce, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 73-75-77-75-300
Rea Schuessler, Mobile, AL 77-73-77-74-301
Jack Larkin, Atlanta, GA 75-76-75-75-301
Walter Chapman, Knoxville, TN 71-72-77-81-301
William Wood, Birmingham, AL 72-79-76-75-302
Johnny Skeadas, Savannah, GA 74-78-77-74-303
Dick Horne, Mt. Pleasant, SC 75-76-73-79-303
Jay Kent, Lufkin, TX 76-72-74-81-303
Carl Drury, Brunswick, GA 77-75-76-75-303
Tommy Mastin, Atlanta, GA 75-77-78-74-304
Davis Love, III, St. Simons, GA 73-77-79-75-304
Wyn Norwood, Little Rock, AR 70-76-81-78-305
Daniel Oschmann, Gainesville, FL 74-78-78-75-305
Kevin Kirk, Kingwood, TX 76-76-76-77-305
Chip Hall, Jacksonville Beach, FL 78-74-77-76-305
Mark Brooks, Ft. Worth, TX 69-76-83-77-305
Tracy Alien, Winter Park, FL 74-76-74-82-306
Jay Baumgardner, Bristol, TN 75-75-79-77-306
Don Gafner, Greenville, NC 70-77-82-77-306
Joey Sadowski, Hickory, NC 74-78-75-79-306
Tony Nimmer, Ridgeland, SC 72-75-81-78-306
Dr. Gayle, Sanchez, Baton Rouge, LA 69-80-81-76-306
Seishi Tanaka, Chapel Hill, NC 76-75-76-79-306
Roy Hunter, Charlotte, NC 73-76-79-79-307
Tommy Brennan, New Orleans, LA 74-78-79-77-308
Franklin Craig, Houston, TX 75-74-81-78-308
Scott Smith, Mobile, AL 73-79-79-78-309
Dean Sheetz, Charlotte, NC 76-75-77-81-309
Steve Jurgensen, The Woodlands, TX 75-72-78-84-309
Marc Howell, New Orleans, LA 72-75-80-82-309
Dr. Frank Holt, Birmingham, AL 77-75-80-78-310
Norwood Chestnutt, III, Gastonia, NC 74-78-78-81-311
Billy Poteat, Columbia, SC 74-73-85-83-315
Dole Morey, High Point, NC 75-75-76-WD
Wallace Adams, Jr., Glenwood, GA 71-77-WD
Mark Jordon, Sylvania, GA 75-76-WD
Stacy Richburg, Starkville, MS 75-77-WD

 *Won in "sudden-death" playoff on first hole with birdie 3 vs. par 4.

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 Irel:nd, to design a trophy which would be presented annually to the SGA Champion.