John Stamato of Crofton defeated Bill Fumai of Fort Meade on the 19th hole to win the Maryland Junior Open at Hobbit's Glen today.

In the 14-15 group, Mike Diffy, of Rolling Orad, prevailed over Jim Estes of Manor, 2 up.

In the morning, Stamato whipped Ed Ridgway, Montgomery Village, 3 and 2, while Fumai beat Jim Cardaci, Manor, 3 and 1, to gain the final of the 16-17 group.

In the younger division, Duffy beat Billy Carter, Hobbit's Glen, 4 and 3, in his first match and Estes ousted Tom Splaine, Montgomery Village, 2 and 1.

"I played my best golf in the morning," said Stamato, "but I barely hung on in the afternoon."

"Do me a favor, John," said the weary Fumai, "and buy me a putter that works."

Fumai missed a three-foot putt on the 18th that would have won the title and then, on the first extra hole, he missed a putt of less than two feet to lose everything.

The golf was ragged on both sides with Stamato and Fumai each carding nine-over-par 81 for 18 holes. Stamato was one up at the turn and increased his margin to two at the 10th. Fumai fought back to even the match by the 16th. He also missed a three-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

Stamato plans to attend the University of Maryland but says he has not yet been offered a scholarship.