Frustration set in pretty early at the 1994 Southern Amateur at Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando for both tournament officials and players as typical central Florida summer weather in the form of thunder, lightning and rain descended on Wednesday. Due to a bizarre turn of events, first day play was washed out and rescheduled for Friday, with Thursday's round planned to go according to schedule. At the time this decision was made probably close to three quarters of the field had completed play, but according to SGA policy regarding rainout, no alternative was available except to cancel the day.

Thursday was not without its problems, but we were able to "save" the day and allow Justin Roof's 65 to be counted, even though we didn't get all players finished when play was stopped late in the day. It was at this time that tournament officials realized that they were faced with a 54 hole tournament instead of 72 and that the cut would be made on Friday morning after completion of the first 18 holes.

Roof, from Conway, South Carolina, held on to medalist honors with his splendid 65, but was followed closely by other great scores such as Paul Tesori, St. Augustine, Florida, 66 and six players at 67: Kris Cox of San Antonio, Texas, Adam Thomas of Baxley, Georgia, two players from Australia, Gavin Vearing and Gary Simpson, University of Florida golf coach Buddy Alexander, and Deron Zinnecker of Hutto, Texas.

After the cut on Friday morning, the field was regrouped and sent back out off both #1 and #10 tees. Justin Roof again proved himself up to the task as he posted a three under 69 to complete 36 holes at ten under 134. Adam Thomas and Gary Simpson both found themselves in the unbelievable position of having turned in two under 70's and losing ground to the leader. The best second day scores belonged to Michael Henderson from North Carolina and Georgian Hank Kim, both of whom carved out four under 68's on the tough Lake Nona track.

Saturday morning dawned bright and clear and we were finally able to start and finish a round on schedule. All eyes were on Justin Roof, who had played so incredibly good the first two days, and the other guys in the last group, while everyone was listening to action in the last two groups as scores were being called back to the scoreboard by referees assigned to those groups. So, unbeknownst to practically all was the quiet work of local Orlando golfer Trey Sones, who finished with a closing round of 65, matching Roof's record opening round, and setting the pace for the rest of the field to try and duplicate at 9 under par 207. No one got particularly close.

Thirty-six hole leader Roof had major problems and fought his way in with a closing 79, finishing six shots back. Daniel Stone, Paul Fitzgibbon, and Paul Tesori all had good third rounds, scoring 68, 69 & 71 respectively, but Tesori and Fitzgibbon wound up two shots behind Sones, while Stone was three shots back at 210. Also at 210 was Adam Thomas, who finished with a 73.

Trey Sones, Orlando, FL 71-71-65--207
Paul Tesori, St. Augustine,FL 66-72-71--209
Paul Fitzgibbon, Australia 69-71-69--209
Adam Thomas, Baxley, GA 67-70-73--210
Daniel Stone, St. Petersburg, FL 71-71-68--210
Eric Bogar, Houston, TX 68-72-72--212
Buddy Alexander, Gainesville, FL 67-73-72--212
Gary Simpson, Australia 67-70-75--212
Justin Roof, Conway, SC 65-69-79--213
Chad Senn, Dallas, TX 71-73-70--214
Brian Newton, Richardson, TX 69-75-70--214
Kris Cox, San Antonio, TX 67-76-71--214
Mark Swygert, Blythewood, SC 72-72-70--214
Patrick Lee, Oxford, MS 69-74-71--214
Allen Doyle, LaGrange, GA 71-71-72--214
Mark Slawter, Winston-Salem, NC 69-72-73--214
Alan Bratton, College Station, TX 72-74-69--215
Deron Zinnecker, Hutto, TX 67-72-76--215
Richard Adham, Orlando, FL 71-74-71--216
Chris Winchip Columbia, SC 72-72-72--216
Christian Chernock, Orange, CT 68-73-75--216
Gavin Vearing, Australia 67-73-76--216
Brian Kassel, Jacksonville, FL 73-73-71--217
Brad Lanning, Sarasota, FL 74-71-72--217
Matt Robbins, Alpharetta, GA 69-76-72--217
Carter Smith, Cartersville, GA 74-72-72--218
Doug Farr, Monroe, LA 71-75-72--218
Chris Couch, N. Lauderdale, FL 72-72-74--218
Todd Demsey, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 71-73-74--218
Stewart Cink, Atlanta, GA 68-75-75--218
Kory Bowman, Nevada, MO 72-74-72--218
Danny Green, Jackson, TN 72-74-72--218
Clay Homan, Fulton, MS 74-72-73--219
Christopher Colli, Valrico, FL 70-75-74--219
Miguel Suarez, Puerto Rico 69-74-76--219
Tyler Crawford, Baton Rouge, LA 74-75-70--219
Darron Stiles, Plant City, FL 71-72-76--219
Michael Henderson, Raleigh, NC 72-68-79--219
Hank Kim, Jonesboro, GA 72-68-79--219
Christian Raynor, Tallahassee, FL 72-74-73--219
Marcus Jones, Graham, TX 70-76-74--220
Brian McMyler, Plano, TX 74-71-75--220
Andy Aduddell, Portland, TX 71-73-76--220
Landry Mahan, Richardson, TX 71-77-72--220
Marvin Morris, Nashville, TN 73-73-75--221
Simon Cooke, Richmond, VA 74-70-77--221
Josh McCumber, Middleburg, FL 70-73-78--221
Brian Opal, Longwood, FL 73-74-74--221
Chris Liner, Athens, TN 74-73-74--221
Richard Keene, Chattanooga, TN 70-77-74--221
Ted Oh, Torrance, CA 74-71-77--222
John Pierce, San Antonio, TX 73-76-73--222
Mark Baggarly, Gainesville, FL 73-72-78--223
Tino Rugerio, Orlando, FL 73-78-72--223
Craig King, Orlando, FL 74-75-74--223
Bo Stewart, Lake Charles, LA 71-77-75--223
Spencer Pyles, Lake Mary, FL 73-74-76--223
Scott Kammann, White Pine, TN 74-73-76--223
Steve Riviere, Apopka, FL 72-78-74--224
Josh Gregory, Memphis, TN 73-73-78--224
Robert Anderson, Windermere, FL 71-75-79--225
Tab Hudson, Jasper, AL 71-80-74--225
Chad Harris, West Palm Beach, FL 74-76-75--225
Matthew Goggans, Elkhart, TX 72-76-77--225
Stephen Woodard, Charlotte, NC 74-73-78--225
Eric Tuscan, Orlando, FL 71-74-81--226
George Roat, Windermere, FL 73-77-76--226
Chip Spratlin, Piney Flats, TN 72-77-77--226
Raleigh Shoemaker, Charlotte, NC 73-75-78--226
Billy Varn, Jacksonville, FL 72-77-78--227
Dax Johnston, Oklahoma City, OK 74-81-73--228
James Staub, Cape Coral, FL 71-81-76--228
Brian Johnson, Norman, OK 72-77-79--228
Steve Smyers, Mulberry, FL 73-76-79--228
Ryan Gioffre, Greensboro, NC 73-75-80--228
Jack Pieratt, Brentwood, TN 74-79-76--229
Brent Brooks, Jacksonville, FL 73-75-81--229
Jack Veghte, Clearwater, FL 72-80-78--230
Troy Wheat, Boynton Beach, FL 74-76-80--230
Rod Harris, Austin, TX 74-77-80--231
Lance Combrink, Enid, OK 73-77-81--231
Brett Overman, Jonesboro, AR 72-79-81--232
Doug Roecker, Dallas, TX 74-80-79--233
Mason Petty, Tuscaloosa, AL 74-79-80--233
Mike Howery, Maitland, FL 73-76-84--233
Hunter Harris, New Brockton, AL 72-77-85--234
Tommy Dudley, Jacksonville, FL 73-85-77--235
A. J. Kroeger, Apopka, FL 74-80-81--235
Ryan Dillon, Winter Garden, FL 71-82-84--237

A traditional part of the Southern Amateur, and one the players always pay particular attention to, is the team championship in which the four best scores through the cut, normally 36 holes but shortened this year to 18, from each state represent that state as a team. The team with the lowest cumulative score earns the Bob Jones Team Trophy for each player. Again, as in 1993, Texas is the State Team Champion and is represented by the following players:
Kris Cox, San Antonio


Eric Bogar, Houston

Deron Zinnecker, Hutto


Brian Newton, Richardson