Paul Ryan of Congressional parred the first playoff hole to beat fellow amateur Tony DeLuca of Chantilly for the Middle Atlantic Open golf title today at Hobbitt's Glen.
Ryan shot 72 and DeLuca 71 for 54-hole totals of 215 prior to the playoffs.
Brian Staveley, who won this tournament as an amateur in 1974, shot 69 and then won a three-way playoff to win the pro prize. Staveley beat defending Champion Mark Alwin of Woodholme and Dennis Satyshur of Columbia for $2,400, after all three finished at 217.
Ryan, a Furman senior, started the day three strokes behind second-round leader Alwin and one behind Satyshur, and took advantage of their front nine difficulties.
Alwin bogied the first hole and double-bogied the fourth. He relinquished the lead with a front-nine three-over 39. He finished with a dismal 78. Satyshur went afoul on the length 7,200-yard golf course with three consecutive bogies.
On the first playoff hole, Ryan was five yards short of the long par-4 hole in two shots. DeLuca was just off the green to the left. Ryan chipped within two feet of the hole and DeLuca missed his putt and took bogey.Ryan won the tournament when he sank his short par putt.
In the pro playoff, Alwin dropped out with a double bogey on the first hole after his drive found a fairway bunker. Staveley and Satyshur bogeyed and continued. Staveley reached the par-5 second hole in two shots and two-putted for a winning birdie.
But it was a day for Ryan, who had not won a real title since the 1974 Metro Schoolboy when he was 16.
"I finally got one," said the grinning golfer, who leaves Sunday to play in the U.S. Amateur in Cleveland. Ryan took a lead he never relinquished with birdie on the par-5 seventh hole.
When informed he was in the lead, Ryan asked, "Where's the gallery?" The gallery was a few holes behind witnessing the troubles of Alwin and Satyshur.