Clarence Rhodes (Clare) Emery, 55, head golf professional at Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington and winner of numerous local and regional golf championships, died Thursday at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Charles Town, W. Va.

Mr. Emery was participating in the Charles Town Golf Classic when he was stricken with a heart attack.

Considered one of the truly fine irons players by local sportswriters and a consistent money winner on area tours. Mr. Emery also competed on the national level.

His local and regional titles included the D.C. Open Golf championships in 1951 and 1960 and the Middle Atlantic PGA championship in 1961. He also was Middle Atlantic PGA Seniors Champion from 1975 to 1979.

He competed in two U.S. Open golf tournaments and five national PGA championships, finishing third in the 1977 PGA Senior championship. He was named Middle Atlantic Player of the Year in 1960 and 1967 and Sectional Golf Pro of the Year in 1977.

Mr. Emery was born in Salt Lake City. He was a golf pro in Idaho before becoming an assistant pro at Woodmont County Club in Rockville in 1951. He also was an assistant pro at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda before joining the Washington Golf and Country Club in 1954.

He lived in Arlington and was an elder in the Arlington Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Survivors include his wife, Julie, a son, Lawrence, and a daughter, Karen, all of Arlington; another son, Robert, of Falls Church; another daughter, Rebecca Owens of Centreville, Va., and a brother, Ralph C. Emery of Salt Lake City.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.