17, of Atlanta, Ga., played eve-par golf to defeat Billy Tuten, of Palatka,
Fla., 1 up, in the final at the Moss Creek Golf Club, Hilton Head Island,
S.C. Nathaniel Crosby,, of Hillsborough, Calif., and Rick Fehr, of Seattle,
Wash., were the co-medalists with 36-hole qualifying scores of 148.
in the second round, 3 and 2, to Wevv Heintzelman, and Fehr lost, 2 and
1, to Wright Waddell in the quarter-finals. Larkin qualified with scores
of 82 and 77 for 159, but he was never over par in his matches. He defeated
Stuart Smith, 2 and up; Donnie Cude, 7 and 6; Greg Tebutt, 6 and 5; Webb
Heintzelman, 1 up; and Tommy Moore, 2 and 1.
Peter Parsons, 3 and 2; Mark Visintainer, 6 and 4; Ty Roush, 2 and 1;
Mark Tschetter, 1 up; and Wright Waddell, 1 up, in the semi-finals. In
the final, Tuten won the first hole with a par.
the second and fourth holes to take a one-hole lead. When Tuten won the
10th and 17th holes with pars to even the match. On the final hole, Tuten
drove into the left rough, one foot behind a small pine tree; he shanked
his second shot into the trees and the ball was lost.
Larkin had hit his best drive of the day and played his second shot onto
the back of the green. After an unsuccessful search for his ball, Tuten
conceded the match. The 1,848 entries were short of the record of 2,230
set in 1963.