16, became the second Junior Amateur Champion from Tampa, Fla., within
three years. Edie Pearce, the 1968 Champion, was the other. Koch defeated
Mike Nelms, 16, of Hixson, Tenn., by 8 and 6 in the final at the Athens
Country Club, Athens, Ga.
was the largest ever in a final match. Aly Trompas, the 1969 Champion,
was trying for a second consecutive title, but he was defeated by Koch,
3 and 1, in the quarter-final round. Mike Fambrough, of Valdosta, Ga.,
and Randall L. Transou, of Bethania, N.C., were the losing semi-finalists.
a formidable reputation when he arrived for the Championship. He already
had won the Florida Open and led local qualifying for the 1970 U.S. Open
by 11 strokes with a 36-hole score of 136.