Southern Open History: 1970 to 2002
  TITLE NAME »» Green Island Invitational (1970)
                Southern Open (1971-1989)
                Buick Southern Open (1990-1994)
                Buick Challenge (1995-2002)

  HOST COURSE »» 1970 to 1990: Green Island CC - Columbus, GA
                               (Par-70/6791-yds)

                 1991 to 2002: Mountain Course at Callaway Gardens
                               Pine Mountain, GA (Par-72/7057-yds)


    The Southern Open, which eventually became known as the Buick Challenge,
    an event played first at Green Island CC, Columbus GA from 1970 to 1990,
    and then at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain GA from 1991 to 2002, ended
    its 33-year run after the 2002 tournament.

    PGA Tour players would say that the Callaway Gardens Tour stop was among
    the best on the entire PGA Tour. But for primary sponsor Buick-GM, the
    issues of medium attendance, a remote location and competition from pro
    and college football were just too much to bear.

    So, in mid-2001, Buick opted to end its sponsorship of the event after 2002,
    and the event's last staging would be 2002.


    For that final event in 2002, Phil Mickelson, then #2 player in the world,
    headed a field that was scheduled to include the likes of Ernie Els, David
    Duval, Davis Love III, Paul Azinger, Fred Funk, David Toms, Jim Furyk, Loren
    Roberts, Mark O'Meara, Gary Nicklaus, Jesper Parnevik, Scott Hoch, Segio
    Garcia, defending champion Chris DiMarco and 1987 Masters winner Larry Mize.


    In case you're wondering, Tiger Woods never played at Callaway. He was scheduled
    to play there in 1996, but unfortunately, he withdrew at the last moment !!!!


    Southern Charities, a non-profit group that owned and ran the Buick Challenge,
    looked for some way to keep the tournament going. On December 9th 2002, the
    PGA Tour announced that a new Champions Tour event, the Columbus Southern Open
    would be held at Green Island C.C. in Columbus, Georgia, beginning 2003.

    The Green Island C.C. course (as well as its clubhouse) had been worked on
    extensively in recent years. Larry Mize, the 1987 Masters champion who lives
    in Columbus, would say that Green Island's greens putt the best of any course
    in the Columbus area.


    The 2003 Columbus Southern Open was won by Morris Hatalsky. Shortly thereafter,
    it was announced that there would be no PGA Tour-sponsored event after 2003.
    No such event has been held in the Columbus, GA area since then !!



  Southern Open / Buick Challenge Tournament History

  Winners, Finishers, Scores and Earnings from 1970 to 2002


  Year -- Winner -- Winning Score -- 1st Prize($$) -- Total Purse($$)

  Click-on a year for full tournament results

  Years 1992, 1994 and 1996 .... Weather-shortened events


  1970  Mason Rudolph 	 75, 68, 67, 64 = 274 	12,000 / 60,000

  1971 	Johnny Miller 	 65, 67, 68, 67 = 267 	20,000 / 100,000

  1972 	Dewitt Weaver 	 65, 67, 72, 72 = 276 	20,000 / 100,000

  1973 	Gary Player 	 69, 65, 67, 69 = 270 	20,030 / 100,000

  1974 	Forrest Fezler 	 70, 68, 68, 65 = 271 	20,000 / 100,000


  1975 	Hubert Green 	 68, 66, 66, 64 = 264 	20,000 / 100,000

  1976 	Mac McLendon 	 68, 69, 69, 68 = 274 	25,000 / 125,000

  1977 	Jerry Pate 	 64, 67, 69, 66 = 266 	25,000 / 125,000

  1978 	Jerry Pate 	 67, 67, 66, 69 = 269 	35,000 / 175,000

  1979 	Ed Fiori 	 69, 72, 65, 68 = 274 	36,000 / 200,000


  1980 	Mike Sullivan 	 68, 63, 69, 69 = 269 	36,000 / 200,000

  1981 	J.C. Snead 	 67, 68, 70, 66 = 271 	36,000 / 200,000

  1982 	Bobby Clampett 	 65, 69, 68, 64 = 266 	45,000 / 250,000

  1983 	Ronnie Black 	 68, 69, 65, 69 = 271 	45,000 / 250,000

  1984 	Hubert Green 	 65, 66, 67, 67 = 265 	54,000 / 300,000


  Year -- Winner -- Winning Score -- 1st Prize($$) -- Total Purse($$)

  Click-on a year for full tournament results

  Years 1992, 1994 and 1996 .... Weather-shortened events


  1985 	Tim Simpson 	 64, 64, 69, 67 = 264 	63,000 / 350,000

  1986 	Fred Wadsworth 	 67, 67, 68, 67 = 269 	63,000 / 350,000

  1987 	Ken Brown 	 65, 64, 69, 68 = 266 	72,000 / 400,000

  1988 	David Frost 	 70, 68, 65, 67 = 270 	72,000 / 400,000

  1989 	Ted Schulz 	 66, 66, 68, 66 = 266 	72,000 / 400,000


  1990 	Kenny Knox 	 69, 62, 68, 66 = 265 	108,000 / 600,000

  1991 	David Peoples 	 67, 71, 72, 66 = 276 	126,000 / 700,000

  1992 	Gary Hallberg 	 68, 69, 69  -- = 206 	126,000 / 700,000

  1993 	John Inman 	 71, 73, 64, 70 = 278 	126,000 / 700,000

  1994 	Steve Elkington  66, 66, 68  -- = 200 	144,000 / 800,000


  1995 	Fred Funk 	 69, 67, 69, 67 = 272 	180,000 / 1,000,000

  1996 	Michael Bradley  66, 68  ------ = 134 	180,000 / 1,000,000

  1997 	Davis Love 	 67, 65, 67, 68 = 267 	216,000 / 1,200,000

  1998 	Steve Elkington  66, 70, 66, 65 = 267 	270,000 / 1,500,000

  1999 	David Toms 	 68, 66, 66, 71 = 271 	324,000 / 1,800,000


  2000 	David Duval 	 68, 69, 67, 65 = 269 	414,000 / 2,300,000

  2001 	Chris DiMarco 	 67, 64, 71, 65 = 267 	612,000 / 3,400,000

  2002 	Jonathan Byrd 	 67, 66, 65, 63 = 261 	666,000 / 3,700,000


  Year -- Winner -- Winning Score -- 1st Prize($$) -- Total Purse($$)

  Click-on a year for full tournament results

  Years 1992, 1994 and 1996 .... Weather-shortened events

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  The 2003 Columbus Southern Open (Champions Tour, three rounds only)


  2003 	Morris Hatalsky      66, 65, 67 = 198 	225,000 / 1,500,000

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