Orlando, Florida-Scott Dunlap of Sarasota, Florida was the winner of the 1984 Southern Amateur Championship. This was the 78th Annual Championship conducted by the Southern Golf Association and play was held on the prestigious Bay Hill Club & Lodge Course in Orlando. This course is also the site of the annual Bay Hill Classic - a PGA Tour Event.

Dunlap returned scores of 72-71-68-70-281, 3 under par, to gain the winner's spot by two strokes over Michael Bradley of Valrico, Florida and Peter Persons of Macon, Georgia who finished in a tie for second place at 283. Bradley's rounds were 74-65-70-74 and Persons had 69-70-72-72.

Fourth place was shared by two players, Andy Dillard of Tyler, Texas and Davis Love of St. Simons Island, Georgia, at 286. Dillard had rounds of 73-71-71-71 and Love's rounds were 72-74-67-73.

Sixth place was also shared by two players, Pete Mathews of Harahan, Louisiana and Bill Plyler of Monroe, North Carolina with scores of 287. Rounding out the top ten finishers were three players tied at 288; Trevor Dodds, Beaumont, Texas; Gary Stickl, Lakeland, Florida; and Frederick Wadsworth, Columbus, Georgia.

During the first round of play, 6 players shot par or better, led by John Reigger of Beaumont, Texas with a fine 3 under par 68; Persons at 69; Dodds, Stickl and Tommy Byrum of Baton Rouge, Louisiana all at 70 and Mathews at par 71. After completion of 36 holes, the halfway point leaders were Bradley and Persons tied at 139 - 3 under par.

The situation appeared to favor young Michael Bradley at the completion of 54 holes of play. His 1 under par 70 in the third round gave him a 54 hole total of 209 - two strokes better than Dunlap and Persons who were both at 211.

The fourth and final round of the competition proved to be just as fine an exhibition of golf by the leaders as the previous rounds. Dunlap fired a 2 under par 34 on the front nine to pull into a tie with Bradley who posted an even par 36. These two players continued their head to head struggle on the final nine. Bradley took a one stroke advantage on the 10th hole, only to lose it at 12 and then regain it at 15 and he held onto this thin 1 stroke lead through 16. Meanwhile, Persons who was the third person in this pairing, continued his steadv play with an even par 36 on the front nine and he remained 2 strokes behind Bradley at this point and continuing through the 16th hole.

At the very demanding par three 17th, the tables turned. Bradley's tee shot found the bunker and was in a very difficult lie. He was unable to get out of the bunker on his first attempt and could manage only a double bogey 5 on the hole. Persons made par to gain a tie with Bradley at that point. However, Dunlap made a birdie 2 on 17 and the 3 shot swing over Bradley put him in the lead by 2 strokes as well as this same 2 stroke lead over Persons.

The final hole was parred by all three of these players and the final results remained the same as the standing after the 17th hole - Dunlap the winner by 2 strokes over Bradley and Persons.

Dunlap's steady play throughout the entire Championship, and his patience to await a turning point was finally forthcoming, and was reminiscent of his excellent play in the 1983 Southern Amateur Championship in which he finished in 5th place at 2 under par for the 72 hole route.

The medalist trophy was won by Michael Bradley. Although he and Peter Persons were tied at the completion of the first 36 holes, which is used to determine the medalist, he won in the third round playoff against Persons.

The Bob Jones Trophy, awarded annually to the low team of four players from the same state, based on the first 36 holes of tournament play, was won by Florida. Their team score was 569, based on the performance of Michael Bradley, Vairico (139); Mark Bucek, Winter Park (142); Scott Dunlap, Sarasota (143) and Fred Ridley, Tampa (145).

The Bay Hill Club course was in excellent playing condition and proved to be an outstanding challenge for this talented group of amateur golfers. The total cooperation received from Head Professional, Dick Tiddy, and his staff; as well as Golf Course Superintendent Jimmy Ellison and his staff; and the other members of the staff and management of the Bay Hill Club contributed immeasurable to the great success of this 78th Southern Golf Association Championship.

Scott Dunlap, Sarasota, FL 72-71-68-70-281
Michael Bradley, Vairico, FL 74-65-70-74-283
Peter Persons, Macon, GA 69-70-72-72-283
Andy Dillard, Tyler, TX 73-71-71-71 286
Davis Love, St. Simons Island, GA 72-74-67-73-286
Pete Mathews, Harahan, LA 71-71-75-70-287
Bill Pfyier, Monroe, NC 72-75-69-71-287
Trevor Dodds, Beaumont, TX 70-71-76-71-288
Gary Stickl, Lakeland, FL 70-76-68-74-288
Frederick Wadsworth, Columbus, GA 72-71-69-76-288
Rob McNamara, Frankfort, KY 72-69-72-77-290
Tommy Byrum, Baton Rouge, LA 70-77-74-70-291
Danny Yates, Atlanta, GA 73-71-72-75-291
Frederick Dupre, Natchez, MS 74-70-70-77-291
Mark Bucek, Winter Park, FL 73-69-72-78-292
Scott Beard, Louisville, KY 72-75-70-76-293
David Snyder, Winter Haven, FL 75-71-71-76-293
Billy Vern, Jacksonville, FL 73-75-74-72-294
John Fridge, Mobile, AL 76-71-72-75-294
Titus Harris, Houston TX 73-69-77-76-295
Tim Krapfel, Columbia, SC 72-71-72-80-295
Robert Burns, Lake City, FL 76-75-75-70-296
David Ingram, Nashville, TN 76-74-74-72-296
David Jackson, Monticello, FL 74-72-77-73-296
Gary Schroeder, Wendermere, FL 75-76-72-73-296
Richard Etscorn, Orlando, FL 75-73-70-78-296
Keith Kulzer, Tallahassee, FL 72-78-72-74-296
Wyn Norwood, Little Rock, AR 75-69-75-77-296
Len Mattiace, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 74-74-74-74-296
Pat Stephens, Richmond, VA 72-77-71-76-296
Gary Webb, Austin, TX 74-75-75-72-296
Darren Cole, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 75-76-68-78-297
Kelly Gibson, New Orleans, LA 74-73-75-75-297
Bill Holstead, Wichita Falls, TX 77-74-72-74-297
Brian Kamm, Sun City, FL 76-74-75-72-297
Tommy Moore, New Orleans, LA 74-74-73-76-297
Todd Anderson, Duke University 80-70-74-74-298
David Apperson, Memphis, TN 76-75-74-73-298
George Bryan, Columbia, SC 74-72-74-78-298
Kerc Everett, Atlanta, GA 72-72-76-78-298
Gregg Parker, old Fort, NC 76-75-75-72-298
Robert Rawlins, Dallas, TX 75-76-76-71-298
Peter Williams, Orlando, FL 78-73-72-75-298
Bob Wolcott, Dickinson, TN 73-73-75-77-298
Chris Gustin, Birmingham, AL 74-74-71-80-299
Rick Lutz, Oklahoma City, OK 76-74-74-75-299
Jimmy Riddle, Madisonville, KY 76-73-70-80-299
John Reigger, Beaumont, TX 68-77-77-77-299
Donald Sayet, Coral Gables, FL 77-73-74-75-299
Jarrett Sharp, Lafollette, TN 73-75-79-72-299
Emlyn Aubrey, LSU 72-74-76-78-300
Clark Dennis, Ft. Worth, TX 74-74-78-74-300
Chip Drury, Brunswick, GA 74-74-72-80-300
Wes Paxson, Jacksonville, FL 78-70-77-75-300
Rick Sargent, San Antonio, TX 73-78-72-77-300
Todd Smith, Auburn University 74-75-72-79-300
Dan Oschmann, Clearwater, FL 75-76-77-74-302
Pipp Patton, Temple Terrace, FL 73-78-73-78-302
William Wood, Birmingham, AL 75-75-76-76-302
Andy Zullo, Kissimmee, FL 73-73-78-78-302
George Roat, Orlando, FL 79-72-77-75-303
Art Roberson, Zebulon, NC 74-76-77-76-303
Michael Bradley, Durham, NC 77-71-77-79-304
Downing Gray, Pensacola, FL 72-79-77-76-304
Jeffrey Lankford, Mocksville, NC 73-73-76-82-304
Griff Rudolph, Clarksville, TN 73-75-76-80-304
Mark Turlington, Temple Terrace FL 75-71-81-77-304
Peter Dyson, Pensacola, FL 75-74-77-79-305
Robert Brewer, Mart, TX 76-70-81-79-306
Jeff Quammen, Lexington, KY 74-73-75-84-306
Eddie Carmichael, Knoxville, TN 76-74-79-78-307
Joe Golden, Jasper, TX 75-75-77-80-307
Douglas LaCrosse, Tampa, FL 78-73-77-79-307
Bob Twadell, Houston, TX 79-70-76-82-307
James Phenicie, Houston, TX 76-73-73-86-308
Jim Vernon, Frankfort, KY 76-74-81-77-308
Fred Ridley, Tampa, FL 72-73-83-81-309
Wes Wall, Mt. Airy, NC 76-74-79-80-309
John McKay, Palm City, FL 76-73-82-80-311
George Weston, Charlotte, NC 74-74-80-83-311
John Veghte, Clearwater, FL 76-75-77-84-312
Brad Morley, Winter Springs, FL 74-76-83-80-313
Robert Kouwe, Tampa, FL 75-72-74-WD
Steve Owen, Haines City, FL 76-75-77-WD
Talbert Griffin, Montgomery, AL 72-76-81-WD

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.