Ooltewah, Tennessee-Rob McNamara of Frankfort, Kentucky was the winner of the 80th Annual Southern Amateur Championship. Play was conducted over The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee. This great course was designed by Pete Dye and the 1986 SGA Championship was the first major championship played on the course, but it is only a forerunner of many major championships to come including the US Amateur Championship scheduled for the Honors Course in 1990.

McNamara returned scores of 74-71-72-76-293, to gain the winner's spot by one stroke over Ed Pfister of Marilla, New York and a member of the Oklahoma State University golf team. Pfister's rounds were 73-76-74-71-294.

Third place was shared by two players, Peter Persons of Macon, Georgia and Bill McDonald of Dalton, Georgia at 295. Persons had rounds of 74-75-68-78 and McDonald's rounds were 72-73-76-74.

Fifth place was a tie among three players, Jim Vernon of Frankfort, Kentucky, Tom Musselman of Knoxville, Tennessee and Billie Andrade of Bristol, Rhode Island and Wake Forest University, with scores of 296. Alone in eighth place at 297 was Len Mattiace of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida who was the winner of the 1985 Southern Amateur Championship. Tied for ninth place were Doug Farr of Monroe, Louisiana and Michael Bradley of Vairico, Florida at 298.

During the first round of play, 9 players shot par or better, led by Tad Rhyan, University of Tennessee senior from Sarasota, Florida with a fine 3 under par 69. After completion of 36 holes, Rhyan at 143, 1 under par, maintained a 2 stroke lead and also won the Sam Perry Medalist Trophy. At this point 3 other collegians were bunched at 145, 1 over par. They were Georgia Tech's Bill McDonald, LSU senior Rob McNamara and Len Mattiace, who had just completed his freshman year as a member of Wake Forest University's NCAA Championship Team.

After the third round our new leader, by one stroke, was Billie Andrade, the nation's hottest amateur with wins in the North & South and the Sunnehanna and Captain of the Wake Forest University golf team. Close in the chase were McNamara and Persons only 1 behind, and Brian Watts, winner of the Trans-Miss Amateur the previous week, was just 2 shots behind.

The fourth and final round of the competition produced the winner McNamara, but not before a series of events that left the players and spectators alike in a near state of frenzy.

Andrade lost his 1 shot lead over McNamara in a three-hole nightmarish stretch from 5 through 7 with a bogey-bogey-triple bogey and never seriously contended again.

Peter Persons, two times All American from Georgia and runner-in the 1986 US Amateur had played the front side in 1 under par to take a 2 shot advantage over McNamara going to the back side. However, during the last seven holes, Persons' concentration failed and over that stretch he was 7 over par, taking himself out of contention.

Oklahoma State golfer Ed Pfister was playing ahead of the leaders, and he finished with a 1 under par 71, one of only 4 subpar rounds on the final day of play, and 1 of only 14 for the tournament. Pfister waited patiently in the wings for the others to finish and he ended up in sole possession of second place.

McNamara didn't handle the stretch holes with distinction, himself. However, he was able to maintain the lead he attained with his brilliant play over holes 10, 11 and 12 with three consecutive birdies, and he emerged as the 1986 Champion by 1 stroke.

McNamara's composure and ability to concentrate, while the ball appeared to be "bouncing the wrong way", won out. The consensus of all players was that although McNamara won the tournament, the ultimate winner was the golf course.

The Bob Jones Trophy is awarded annually to the low team of four players from the same state, based on the first 36 holes of play. Georgia and Florida were tied after the first 36 holes, and the winner was decided by a playoff in the 3rd round which was won by Georgia. Their team score for 36 holes was 591 based on the performance of Bill McDonald, Dalton (145); Jonathan Nichols, Savannah (148); Peter Persons, Macon (149) and Seth Knight, Atlanta (149).

The Honors Course is truly a magnificent layout and a great test of golf. Although there is no question that it is a very difficult course, the excellent playing conditions presented a delightful and interesting challenge to an unusually talented field of golfers. This Championship will long be remembered as the first major event, and over a period of time the Honors Course will receive the recognition it rightly deserves.

The cooperation and assistance received from Club Manager Doris Fulghum and her staff; Golf Professional Mike Fiddelke and his staff and Golf Course Superintendent David Stone and his staff were outstanding and contributed immeasurably to the resounding success of the 1986 Southern Golf Association Championship.

Rob McNamara, Frankfort, KY 74-71-72-76-293
Ed Pfister, Marilia, NY 73-76-74-71-294
Peter Persons, Macon, GA 74-75-68-78-295
Bill McDonald, Dalton, GA 72-73-76-74-295
Jim Vernon, Frankfort, KY 75-72-77-72-296
Tom Musselman, Knoxville, TN 72-74-74-76-296
Billie Andrade, Bristol, RI 72-74-70-80-296
Len Mattiace, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 73-72-76-76-297
Doug Farr, Monroe, LA 79-78-70-71-297
Michael Bradley, Vairico, FL 80-76-72-70-298
Tim Straub, Orchard Park, NY 75-74-77-73-298
John Trivison, Hilton Head, SC 78-72-72-77-299
Robert McCardle, Columbia, SC 75-74-77-73-299
Brian Watts, Carrollton, TX 71-75-72-81-299
Ross Johnson, Rome, GA 74-78-74-74-300
Denny Gallagher, Cincinnati, OH 73-73-78-76-300
Mac Logue, Birmingham, AL 77-77-74-73-301
Charles Rymer, Fort Mills, SC 73-77-73-78-301
Eddie Carmichael, Knoxville, TN 72-76-81-73-302
Dudley Hart, Miami Beach, FL 72-80-75-75-302
Chip Drury, Brunswick, GA 75-76-73-78-302
Greg Jones, Mobile, AL 75-80-77-71-303
Michael R. Bradley, Durham, NC 74-79-75-76-304
Steven Serotte, Amherst, NY 76-76-75-77-304
Seth Knight, Atlanta, GA 77-72-73-82-304
Peter Dyson, Pensacola, FL 76-80-75-74-305
Tad Rhyan, Sarasota, FL 69-74-81-81-305
Jim Hoitgrieve, St. Louis, MO 74-79-76-76-305
John O'Neill, Arcadia, CA 82-70-77-76-305
Jeffrey Bogan, Marco Island, FL 72-79-77-77-305
Jeff Quammen, Lexington, KY 77-77-74-77-305
Tom Knapp, N Palm Beach, FL 81-75-71-78-305
Terry Ezell, Hermitage, TN 77-69-78-81-305
John McKay, Palm City, FL 77-80-72-77-306
William Gabbert, Sulphur, LA 79-77-75-76-307
Andrew DeBusk, Houston, TX 73-83-74-77-307
Chris Dalrymple, Pinehurst, NC 78-74-72-83-307
Joe Durant, Montgomery, AL 77-76-71-83-307
Gibby Gilbert, Chattanooga, TN 79-73-79-77-308
Jonathan Nichols, Savannah, GA 74-74-76-84-308
Jim Grainger, Charlotte, NC 74-78-75-82-309
Scott Tway, Marietta, GA 72-86-75-77-310
Jeff Sherrill, Chattanooga, TN 78-76-79-77-310
Scott Gump, Merrit Island, FL 73-85-73-79-310
Bo Beard, Conroe, TX 80-76-75-79-310
Bob Rawlins, Dallas, TX 75-78-78-79-310
Robby Cole, Kennesaw, GA 74-82-74-80-310
Steve Smyers, Mulberry, FL 74-84-77-76-311
Tom Lape, Lebanon, PA 78-75-77-81-311
Jeff Belinap, Collierville, TN 77-76-77-81-311
Larry Clark, Kennesaw, GA 76-81-72-82-311
Larry White, Chattanooga, TN 75-79-75-82-311
Phillip Blythe, Louisville, KY 74-79-74-84-311
Petey King, N Little Rock, AR 75-79-81-77-312
Chris Gustin, Birmingham, AL 74-79-80-79-312
Jim Scott, Cleveland, TN 80-75-76-81-312
Jack Nicklaus II, N. Palm Beach, FL 79-79-78-77-313
Matt Peterson, Morganton, NC 77-75-79-82-313
Will Pritchard, Jackson, MS 81-73-74-85-313
Mike Quammen, Lexington, KY 76-77-75-85-313
Jarrett Sharp, LaFollette, TN 81-77-79-77-314
Bill Argabrite, Kingsport, TN 82-76-79-78-315
Michael Clark II, Dalton, GA 77-81-82-76-316
Jay Pierson, Shreveport, LA 83-73-77-83-316
Chris Toulson, Knoxville, TN 80-78-81-78-317
Robert Willis, Madison, MS 77-78-80-82-317
Wayne Woolfall, Chattanooga, TN 73-80-79-85-317
Greg Watts, Knoxville, TN 75-80-83-81-319
Jack Veghte, Clearwater, FL 75-81-80-83-319
Luis Pavon, Tuscaloosa, AL 79-75-82-83-319
George Creagh, Nashville, TN 80-78-86-76-320
Bob Twaddell, Houston, TX 74-82-83-81-320
Downing Gray, Pensacola, FL 80-76-79-85-320
John Jeay, Kingsport, TN 79-80-82-82-322
Nell Spitalny, Chattanooga, TN 79-79-79-85-322
Chuck Cordell, Pinehurst, NC 78-80-82-83-323
John Veghte, Jr., Tallahassee, FL 79-79-80-89-327
Richie Balthrop, Chattanoogo, TN 81-76-87-85-329
Chuck Liner, Athens, TN 81-77-77-94-329
Bob McDonnell, Ormond Beach, FL 78-79-83-WD
Todd McCorkle, Matthews, NC 73-76-NC

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.