$5,000 Southern Open

Columbus, GA

April 9-10, 1966

James Cox Walks Off with 1966 Southern Open Title

One-time touring PPA pro James Cox of Phenix City, AL, took on all challengers on his home course in Columbus, GA, and literally walked off with top honors. In posting his first PPA tournament win, James led his nearest competitor by ten strokes. This set a new PPA tournament record. The widest margin between first and second place position in the past was the nine stroke gap set by Lee Weldy in 1961.

While the big names on the PPA tour were battling for the first-day lead, the cigar smoking Cox, paired way back in the listings, was quietly posting a 27-under par (27-32-28-30) for a 117 total. This put him just 4 strokes off the leader Tom Kehl after 72 holes of play. Kehl, of Belair, CA, posted the finest putting of the day... and perhaps the four-game score ever recorded, a 28-27-29-29, for a fantastic 31-under-par 113.

The second day proved to be one of the most exciting four-round matches ever witnessed with the threesome of Cox, Kehl, and John Roessner exchanging the lead half a dozen times. Finally, on the third round (seventh round of the tournament) Cox took the lead and stayed there. When his final putt dropped, he had fired a 230, 58-under par. Kehl finished second, ten strokes back at 240, while Roessner had to settle for a third place tie.

One of the finest rounds of the tournament was fired by the polite, well-mannered Roessner, a youngster from Indianapolis, IN. On his first round of the second day, he fired five consecutive aces, dumped a par for his next hole, and then finished out the front nine with three more aces for an almost perfect 10. He managed a 16 on the back nine, good for an eighteen-hole score of 26.

Evelyn Strickland, the only LPPA member competing, finished just 2 strokes out of the money. In the amateur division, Tony Foster of Columbus, GA, took the first place trophy with a 13-under-par 275.

Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Jim CoxPhenix City, AL2732283028273028230$ 1,000.00
2Tom KehlBelari, CA2827292932333428240$ 750.00
3John RoessnerIndianapolis, IN3031302726353330242$ 500.00
Rick SmithIndianapolis, IN3229313230313027242$ 500.00
5Herman StricklandMacon, GA2930352732283230243$ 400.00
6Charles MagyarColumbus, GA3230343132312727244$ 312.50
Carl StricklandMacon, GA3332303034292828244$ 312.50
8Vance RandallAsheville, NC3529293128303429245$ 250.00
9Bob WilliamsonJacksonville, FL2932303133303031246$ 225.00
10Larry PetersAtlanta, GA3233323332253031248$ 175.00
Chuck SchaferAugusta, GA3234303229312931248$ 175.00
Lee WeldyJacksonville, FL3335323029313028248$ 175.00
13Harry MartinColumbus, GA3627303030313333250$ 100.00
14John ConnorGreenville, SC2928323332313234251$ 75.00
15Roy CollinsworthMacon, GA3032303331303729252$ 25.00
Ken MillerBirmingham, AL3035323133313030252$ 25.00
17Gene McDonaldSavannah, GA253
18Evelyn FlorinMacon, GA254
19Tom YounceColumbus, GA255
20Justin ColleyDenver, Co257
Steve GilbertStatesville, NC257
Ted JonesYoungstown, OH257
Joe JoynerMacon, GA257
Larry SiebertWilmington, NC257
25Jimmy DavisAtlanta, GA258
26Ken BoyBristol, TN259
27Ron SlocumbColumbus, GA260
28Ray BaggarlyAtlanta, GA261
Harry GonsoulinNew Orleans, LA261
Roger MooreAtlanta, GA261
Ray RayfieldBirmingham, AL261
32Ron ShaddixColumbus, GA262
Artie ShawColumbus, GA262
34Frank HoltDallas, TX263
Henry PaskoColumbus, GA263
Sandy SandersJacksonville, FL263
Jim TownsendIndianapolis, IN263
Larry WhippleColumbus, GA263
39Don PoseyGreenville, SC264
Wayne TaylorMacon, GA264
41Fritz SchaferJacksonville, FL265
42Rusty Maddox JrMontgomery, AL266
Don TarvinColumbus, GA266
44Willie EdwardsWinston-Salem, NC267
Mack McCrayBristol, TN267
Dick PughDenver, CO267
Ike QuintonMorristown, TN267
48John HelmsCharlotte, NC268
Tom JonesYoungstown, OH268
Stanley WagnerBristol, VA268
51Cliff MooseGastonia, NC269
Buck StewartColumbus, GA269
53C AtkinsonMontgomery, AL270
54Bob PoltisCleveland, OH271
55Earl FrittsSavannah273
Bobby KirbySlater, SC273
Dave WarringtonJacksonville, FL273
58Charlie Connor JrAsheville, NC274
Jimmy HarritosAtlanta, GA274
60Leroy CooperEast Point, GA275
John FostelWilmington, DE275
Roger JettIndianapolis, IN275
Mitch SacksCincinnati, OH275
64Ron NixonColumbus, GA276
65Charlie HayesWinston-Salem, NC281
66Ed BabinSavannah, GA282
67Gil CaitoIndianapolis, IN283
68Ray ChesserColumbus, GA284
69William KeyMeridian, MS285
70Carlos DonahoeAugusta, GA286
71John CurleeColumbus, GA290
MCHarold BainesMacon, GA150MC
Archie BoBoHuntsville, AL157MC
Carter BrinkleyAugusta, GA148MC
Frank CollinsJefferson City, TN155MC
Dough FisherAtlanta, GA145MC
Gary GravelyMontgomery, AL144MC
Bobby JenkinsBristol, VA149MC
Larry JohnsonBluefield, WV138MC
Jack ParrFlint, MI143MC
Dick SasnettHuntsville, AL135MC
Howell SmithAtlanta, GA149MC
Mike TrimnalHigh Point, NC142MC
Bill WeaverSpringfield, IL151MC
Tommy WorrellColumbus, GA159MC
Phil ZornEast Point, GA143MC
Place Player City 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Cash
1Tony FosterColumbus, GA3534363134353436275
2Jack RossonMacon, GA4035293633353536279
3Wayne RobinsonAtlanta, GA3838383333333633283