Dave Eger, 27-year-old PGA Tour golfer from Jacksonville, Fla., carded four-under par 67 and won the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Pro-Am yesterday at the Country Club of Fairfax.
Eger tied for fifth and won $8,500 Sunday in the Pleasant Valley classic in Sutton Mass,, and was a late invitee for the FCA tournament, Had he failed to make the cut at Pleasant Valley, Eger would have been trying to qualify for the upcoming PGA Buick Open in Flint, Mich.
Eger played the back nine first in three-under-par 32. He hit 17 greens in regulation and suffered his only bogey on the third hole, the only green he missed.
Gil Morgan, winner of last year's World Series of Golf, eagled the 525-yard 12th hole with a drive, a three-iron, and a 10 foot putt, and finished second, at 68.
"Judging the yardage was a problem today," said Morgan, playing Fairfax for the first time.
Morgan spent last night with his aunt and uncle who live in Bowie, and leaves this morning for the Ryder Cup matches at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
For most PGA Tour golfers on hand, yesterday was a relaxing day to work out kinks in their swings for a good cause, between tour stops.
For local amateurs hobnobbing with the likes of PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman, second-leading money winner Larry Nelson, and Morgan it was expensive -- at $500 per entrant.
PGA player Joe Inman was pinching a baby and making wisecracks between practice shots, though he was soon to compete for the $2,000 pro first prize.
Despite winning $73,000 this season, Inman said he has been struggling: his best showing this year a second place in the Atlanta Classic.
Inman shot 69 yesterday.
Big Andy Bean shot 40 on the front nine and did not turn in a scorecard, but did not seem to mind the poor showing.
"You take time out to do something worthwhile," said Bean, who flew in from Florida and slept only two hours before playing. "Normally I try to avoid pro-ams. That's the worst I have played in 10 years."
Tour player Steve Melnyk scored a hole in one on the 162-yard 13th hole with a seven-iron en route to a 70. Had he aced the 10th hole he would have won free use of a car for a year.
Stan Sherwood, Dan Rooney, Edgar Soifer and Neff McClary teamed up with Melynk and shot 55 to win the team prize, played in a scramble format,