Del Snyder, who said he learned the importance of smooth tempo while working as Sam Snead's assistant for 18 years at Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., will defend his USAir/Middle Atlantic PGA Championship over his home Golden Horseshoe course in Williamsburg at the end of this month.

The three-day, 54-hole tournament will begin Aug. 26. A pro-am tournament will be held on Aug. 25.

Last year, Snyder reached the final round as other contenders self-destructed on the extremely tight course. Snyder finished par-par-par on the three difficult finishing holes for par 71 and a three-round total of six-over-par 219.

This year's winner will receive about $2,500 of the $10,000-added purse, airlines tickets for anywhere in the USAir system, and exemptions to the PGA Tour Kemper Open and Anheuser-Busch Classic. The victor also wins a spot on the MAPGA Yamaha Cup team, which plays the Philadelphia and Carolina sections Nov. 5-6 at Foxfire in Southern Pines, N.C.

Washington's Lee Elder, whohas won two straight tournaments and six overall since becoming eligible for the Senior PGA Tour last summer, will host the 15th Lee Elder Celebrity Pro-Am, Aug. 23-25, at Shipyard in Hilton Head, S.C.

Last weekend in Concord, Mass., Elder defeated Jerry Barber and Don January in a playoff to win the Seniors Classic. That followed a victory in the 36-hole Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Pro-Am in which he shot 61 in the first round.

Past and present participants in Elder's tournament include Gerald Ford, Tip O'Neill, Bob Hope, Flip Wilson, Bill Russell and Johnny Mathis. The tournament, which provides scholarships for disadvantaged youth, is free to the public. Contributions are accepted.

Elder, 51, said he has "a new lease on life" since joining the senior tour, winning about $300,000 in less than two seasons. He has to be included in the upper echelon of that circuit with January, Miller Barber and Peter Thomson.

Elder said, "It was quite a thrill" having legendary 73-year-old Sam Snead ask him to be his partner in the Legends of Golf tournament last April. Snead and Elder tied for second in the best-ball event. He said he is considering playing in the Milwaukee Open, Sept. 19-22, site of one of his four regular PGA Tour victories.

Timmy Randolph of Staunton, Va., with a 318-yard clout, led area qualifiers into the National Long Drive finals to be held Aug. 20 in Akron, Ohio, as a preliminary to the World Series of Golf.

Jeff Fick of Baltimore was the second-leading qualifier with a 317-yard drive and David Startzel of Salisbury, Md., qualified at 313 yards.

The 10th Patriot Club tournament, which benefits the George Mason University Athletic Scholarship Fund, will be held Sept. 9 at the Country Club of Fairfax.

The $175 entry fee includes greens fee, cart, lunch, dinner and Patriot Club gifts. To reserve a spot, call 323-2966.

Area pros Fred Funk and Woody FitzHugh had good showings recently in the Tournament Players Series Victorian Open. Funk finished fourth with a 54-hole total of 205 and won $8,600; FitzHugh was sixth at 206 to earn $6,800.

The second MAPGA/Heart Golf Classic Pro-am will be Monday and Tuesday at Manor Country Club. Male and female pros will be paired with three amateurs (paying $250 each) with separate prizes awarded each day. Persons interested in playing or sponsoring should call the American Heart Association in Bethesda.

Charles Rymer of Fort Mill, S.C., edged Greg Lescher of Lebanon, Pa., 1 up in 19 holes, to win the recent United States Junior Amateur in Clarence, N.Y.

Mike Watson of Rockville and Lakewood Country Club shared the medal in qualifying with a 36-hole total of 146 after opening with a 71.

Watson, last summer's Emmet Schoolboy champion out of Wootton High and bound for Odessa (Tex.) College on a golf scholarship this fall, lost to Mark Ahmann of Souix City, Iowa., 1 up, in