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.