Knoxville, Tennessee-Pat Stephens of Richmond, Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University was the winner of the 1983 Southern Amateur Championship. This was the 77th Annual Championship conducted by the Southern Golf Association and play was conducted over the great Donald Ross designed course at the Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville.
Stephens returned scores of 68-67-72-71-278, 10 under par, to gain the winner's spot by one stroke over Jay Townsend of Tequesta, Florida. Townsend had rounds of 72-70-66-71-279.
Third place was shared by two players, Billy Varn of Jacksonville, Florida and Jim Wilson of Oral Roberts University, at 281. Varn returned scores of 70-70-67-74 and Wilson had 72-69-68-72. Fifth place was a tie between Gene Sauers of Savannah, Georgia and Jeff Goettmann of Springfield, Ohio with scores of 283. Sauers had rounds of 66-74-72-71 and Goettman's rounds were 72-69-70-72.
Finishing in seventh place was Jeff Golliher of Knoxville, Tennessee at 284. Rounding out the top ten finishers (actually the top eleven) were 4 players tied at 286; Bob Wolcott, Dickson, Tennessee; Brandel Chamblee, Irving, Texas; Jim Gallagher, University of Tennessee; and Tommy Moore, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Throughout the entire period of the 72 hole competition, Stephens was either the leader or in a very challenging position. After the first round, he was 2 strokes behind the leader, Sauers, who had a very fine 6 under par 66 to lead the field. However, Stephens took over the lead at the conclusion of 36 holes, setting the remarkable pace of 9 under par for the 36 hole route. This was sufficient to place him in the lead by 4 strokes over Moore and Golliher.
Now things began to happen. The third round score of 67 by Varn put him in a tie for the lead with Stephens and the 66 by Townsend left him only one stroke behind the two leaders. Thus, the stage was set for the finishing round and their scores placed Stephens, Varn, and Townsend in the same grouping.
Stephens, Townsend, Varn, Goiliher and Wilson staged a your-turn-to-lead, my-turn-to-lead war until all but Stephens and Townsend began to slip on the final nine holes. Stephens made a bogey at the par-three 14 to fall into a two-way lead with Townsend at minus-eight. Wilson also made a bogey there to slip to minus-six while Golliher bogeyed 15 and 16 to slip to minus-five. Varn hung tough but missed birdie opportunities of six and twelve feet at 15 and 16.
Stephens and Townsend birdied 16 to go nine under par. So down the 17th marched Stephens and Townsend with two shots on the field. Both hit mighty tee-shots on the par-five. Townsend hit his second shot hole-high in the right rough and chipped to within four feet. Stephens put his second shot on the left fringe, about 13 feet from the hole. His eagle attempt lipped out and both made birdies to go 10 under par and remain tied.
At the par five 18th, Townsend's approach was over the green and Stephens' approach was 15 feet hole-high to the right. Townsend made a superb pitch from a very difficult above the hole situation, but the ball continued to roll and did not stop until it was some 3 1/2 feet beyond the hole and Stephens' birdie putt stopped 10 inches below the hole. Townsend missed his putt and Stephens tapped in his putt for the win.
In addition to being the winner of the Championship, Stephens was also the medalist with a 36 hole total of 68-67-135, which was 9 under par.
The Holston Hills Country Club has truly an outstanding course, and the lower than normal scoring in this Championship can be attributed to the outstanding play of the contestants as well as the help given to the playability of the course due to the extreme dry weather that had been encountered prior to the tournament. The assistance given by John Wylie and his most competent golf shop staff contributed immeasurably to the great success of this 77th Southern Golf Association Championship.
The Bob Jones Trophy, which is awarded annually to the low team of four players from the same state, based on the first 2 rounds of play, was won by Tennessee. Their 36 hole team score was 562, based on the performance of Jeff Golliher, Knoxville (139); Griff Rudolph, Clarksville (140) Bob Wolcott, Dickson (141) and Dickie Morgan, Morristown (142).
|Pat Stephens, Richmond, KY||68-67-72-71-278|
|Jay Townsend, Tequesta, FL||72-70-66-71-279|
|Billy Varn, Jacksonville, FL||70-70-67-74-281|
|Jim Wilson, Oral Roberts Univ.||72-69-68-72-281|
|Gene Sauers, Savannah, GA||66-74-72-71-283|
|Jeff Goettman, Springfield, OH||72-69-70-72-283|
|Jeff Golliher, Knoxville, TN||69-70-70-75-284|
|Bob Wolcott, Dickson, TN||70-71-74-71-286|
|Brandel Chamblee, Irving, TX||70-70-74-72-286|
|Jim Gallagher, University of Tenn.||72-71-68-75-286|
|Tommy Moore, New Orleans, LA||67-72-73-74-286|
|Woody Englander, Waco, TX||71-71-74-71-287|
|John Pallot, Coral Gables, FL||70-74-71-72-287|
|Hugh Royer, Cataula, GA||71-74-70-72-287|
|Ted Schulz, Louisville, KY||70-71-74-73-288|
|Dillard Pruitt, Greenville, SC||69-73-74-72-288|
|Jeff Walker, Springfield, TN||70-73-71-74-288|
|John Yancey, Virginia Tech||70-72-74-73-289|
|Scott Dunlap, Sarasota, FL||73-70-72-74-289|
|David Jackson, Monticello, FL||70-73-69-78-290|
|Hans Kaunath, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL||76-68-71-75-290|
|Kerc Everett, Atlanta, GA||76-72-71-72-291|
|David Apperson, Memphis, TN||70-74-73-74-291|
|Carl Bielstein, San Antonio, TX||72-72-73-74-291|
|Emlyn Aubrey, LSU||77-71-69-74-291|
|Jim Phenicie, Houston, TX||72-68-75-75-291|
|Franklin Craig, Houston, TX||73-73-69-75-291|
|Kelly Clair, University of NC||72-73-74-73-292|
|David Whitfield, Durham, NC||75-72-71-74-292|
|Walter Chapman, Knoxville, TN||72-72-74-74-292|
|Robert McCardle, Columbia, SC||73-71-74-74-292|
|Wyn Norwood, Little Rock, AR||71-76-70-75-292|
|Kelly Finney, Eastern Kentucky Univ.||73-71-70-78-292|
|Bob Young, Atlanta, GA||72-73-74-73-292|
|Craig Rudolph, Clarksville, TN||70-74-73-76-293|
|Eric Moehling, Lenoir, NC||72-74-70-77-293|
|Michael Dirks, Ft. Worth, TX||71-72-74-76-293|
|Joey Sadowski, Hickory, NC||69-75-76-73-293|
|John Crooks, Blue Ridge, VA||71-75-73-74-293|
|Trevor Dodds, Beaumont, TX||79-68-73-74-294|
|Griff Rudolph, Clarksville, TN||71-69-73-81-294|
|Clay Simmons, Austin, TX||74-71-73-76-294|
|Dow Brian, Garland, TX||71-71-75-77-294|
|Scott Smith, Mobile, AL||73-75-77-69-294|
|Chett Chestnutt, Gastonia, NC||71-73-80-70-294|
|Chuck Tickle, Pulaski, VA||75-73-74-72-294|
|John Fridge, Mobile, AL||74-72-75-73-294|
|Pat Nanney, Sharon, TN||75-70-75-74-294|
|Bill Hickey, Sparta, TN||73-72-71-79-295|
|Jim Estes, Rockville, MD||71-75-74-75-295|
|Stephen Stallings, Louisville, KY||72-75-73-75-295|
|Gary Webb, Austin, TX||68-74-78-76-296|
|Bill Argabrite, Kingsport, TN||75-73-73-75-296|
|Tim Krapfel, Columbia, SC||72-73-74-77-296|
|Michael Smith, Beaumont, TX||73-74-71-78-296|
|Pete Mathews, Harahan, LA||73-72-72-79-296|
|Webb Heintzleman, Bethesda, MD||75-71-75-75-296|
|Dan Oschmann, Brentwood, TN||74-73-72-77-296|
|David Mills, Tuscaloosa, AL||73-69-77-77-296|
|Tommie Mudd, Louisville, KY||74-72-73-78-297|
|Jay Baumgardner, Bristol, TN||74-72-77-74-297|
|Greg Cole, Chickasha, OK||73-75-74-75-297|
|Kelly Gibson, New Orleans, LA||71-77-74-75-297|
|Chip Drury, Brunswick, GA||75-73-78-72-298|
|Chris Gustin, Birmingham, AL||75-71-76-76-298|
|Dickie Morgan, Morristown, TN||71-71-75-82-299|
|Charles Zirkle, Knoxville, TN||78-70-75-76-299|
|Sandy Pierce, Houston, TX||73-74-73-79-299|
|Jay Schrader, North Palm Beach, FL||75-72-72-81-300|
|Don Verner, Knoxville, TN||75-73-73-79-300|
|Scott Haile, McMinnville, TN||72-75-77-76-300|
|Andy Anderson, Borger TX||76-69-78-77-300|
|Richard Stimart, Charlotte, NC||73-75-78-75-301|
|Martin, Alvin, TX||72-73-78-78-301|
|Tommy Miller, Knoxville, TN||75-73-80-74-302|
|Mike Heinen, Enid, OK||73-73-77-79-302|
|Francis, Ciucevich, Charlotte, NC||74-72-80-77-303|
|Roque Baecker, Crosby, TX||74-71-77-81-303|
|Claud Cooper, Tuscaloosa, AL||73-75-75-81-304|
|Darrell Jones, Trussville, AL||75-72-80-77-304|
|Chris Toulson, Knoxville, TN||75-72-77-80-304|
|Mark Wood, Tuscaloosa AL||73-75-80-77-305|
|Barry Smith, Dickson, TN||71-72-80-82-305|
|Bill Barnes, Kingsport, TN||74-73-77-81-305|
|Brian Lehnhard, Manassas, VA||73-75-79-79-306|
|Ham McGuire, Mobile, AL||72-74-77-84-307|
|Ban Dowdey, Birmingham, AL||73-72-77-86-308|
|William Massey, Statesboro, GA||76-72-81-79-308|
|Tom Hayes, Pensacola, FL||72-75-82-79-308|
|David Leveille, Norcross, GA||70-76-73-WD|
In October 1983, Pat Stephens, the 1983 Southern Amateur Champion, and Jay Townsend, the 1983 Second Place Finisher, represented the Southern Golf Association in the "VIII INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR GOLF TOURNAMENT COPA SIMON BOLIVAR" at the Barquisimeto Golf Club in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
This tournament was sponsored by the Venezuelan Federation of Golf and is held every two years. The tournament was a 72 hole stroke play event for two-man teams, and the scoring was based on aggregate score of the two players.
Nineteen teams from throughout the world were represented, and the team representing the SGA won the tournament with a total of 582 strokes, two strokes ahead of Canada and four over nationalist China (Taiwan).
Overall in the tournament, Pat Stephens was the individual leader with, a total of 288 for the tournament, and Jay Townsend finished fifth with a total of 294.
This victory in this International Competition certainly added to the credibility of the golfing prowess of both Stephens and Townsend, and the Southern Golf Association is indeed proud to have had both of these men represent both the Southern Golf Association and the USA.
|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 Ireland to design a trophy which would be presented annually to the SGA Champion.|