Barry Fuhrman, who had never won anything more important than a Baltimore City tournament, came through with a big one at Hobbit's Glen today when he shot a one-under-par 71 for a 212 total to take the Mid Atlantic Open by two strokes over a trio of pursuers including the Thorpe brothers, Jim and Chuck.
Also at 214 was Luther Showaker, a big man from Washington, who looks more like a football tackle than a golfer.
Play twice was interrupted over a span of two and one-half hours by thunderstorms, and persistent rain. The last group, including Jim Thorpe, finished just as last light faded.
The leading amateur was 16-year-old Jack Skilling of Chevy Chase, who started out witn a four-under-par 140. But the youngster, who couldn't quite cope with the elements , came in at 76 for a 218 total.
Butch Mielke of Crofton, who is an alternate in the U.S. Amateur Championship starting next week at New Town Square, Pa., was second low amateur with 221.
What started as a rout for the Thorpe brothers who were 1-2 after the first 36 holes with Jim leading brother Chuck by one stroke, turned into a real contest.
Furhman was the first one through and he finished with his four-under-par 212. But Jim Torpe, who made the turn in one-over-par 37, still appeared to be the winner. He bogeyed the 12th but birdled the 14th to go the under for the tournament. He parred the 16th and then disaster struck.
Jim Thorpe, three-putted the 16th to a bogey 5. The next hole, a par 5 found Thorpe in the rough on his third shot. He was on in four and three-putted again for a double-bogey. That finished him.
His brother, Chuck, also turned 37 and was in a good position at that point, still a stroke behind Jim. He evened up things with a birdle on the 11th but he bogeyed three of the next four holes.
Fuhrman, 35, has been head pro at Woolholme for three years after serving as an assistant to Tony Marlowe at Woodmont.
Fuhrman was out in 35 and home in 36. He birdied the second hole from two teet but bogeyed the third. He also birdied the fourth from 18 feet. He bogeyed 12th when he missed the green and birdied the 14th from 30 feet. Top prize was $2,100.