Sweet-swinging Larry Ringer outdueled David Jimenez and Tom Smack over the final nine holes, shot 34 and finished with 71-141 to win the 36-hole $10,000 Shannon Green Pro-Amateur golf tourney yesterday.
Ringer, who by his admission blew this tournament last year to share first prize, won the $950 first-Place momey outright this time with birdies on the sixth, and seventh and scrambling pars on the front nine last.
Ringer one-putted the final four greens, including a five-footer on the final hole.
Smack, Middle Atlantic PGA Player of the Year from Caroline, shot 72 in Monday's opening round and yesterday trailed Ringer by two strokes with nine holes remaining.
"It looks like I gotta get some birdies," said Smack after his morning nine holes. Smack collected four birdies on his final nine, finished with 33 for the day's low round at 70, one stroke behind Ringer.
Jimenez, of Wintergreen near Charlottesville, carded 35 on his morning round to pull even with Ringer.
The former Puerto Rican World Cup player, tow holes behind Ringer and contending with impending darkness and drizzle, faded with an incoming 38 for 75. He tied for third with Jennings House of Virginia Beach, 145.
In the amateur division of this Middle Atlantic PGA event, Brian Willard of Argyle shot 74 and won the gross prize. Willard shared amateur gross with Dick Stearns of Tantallon with 73 on Monday. Sparate amateur prizes were awarded each day.