Mike Hoss, 17, of Manassas worked his way out of trouble twice on the 19th hole to salvage par and successfully defend his South Atlantic Junior Golf Championship yesterday, beating Steve Hull of Severna Park, 1 up, at Croston Country Club.

Hoss' tee shot on the extra hole carried into the trees on the right of the fairway and his second shot landed in the trees just to the left of the green. He chipped over a trap and the ball stopped four feet from the cup. He made the putt.

Hull, also 17, made it to the green in two, but three-putted for a bogey.

"I was trying to curve it (the second shot) back onto the green but it didn't and when I saw where it landed, I thought I had lost the match," Hoss said happily. "I didn't know what I was doing (with the third shot). I just went up and hit it. It was a miracle."

Hull, who beat Jamie Childs, 1-up, in a morning semifinal with a 75-foot putt on 17, was three up after 13 holes. Hoss, who lost his ball in the water on 13, won the next two holes with pars and caught up when Hull bogeyed 18.

Hoss reached the final by defeating Ed Ridgway, 5 and 4, in the morning action.

In the 14-15 final, Eric Egloff of Rockville got past Joe Vennari of Columbia, 2 and 1.