Robert Inman, a pro from Portsmouth, Va., charged out of the pack today to win the Middle Atlantic Open at Hobbits Glen with a 71 for a 54-hole total of 212.
Inman was one shot better than amateurs Tony DeLuca and Regan O'Rourke.
DeLuca, a 20-year-old University of Florida student considered the most promising amatuer in this area, lost out on the last hole.
He and Inman were playing together. Inman won the title on the 18th when he made par 3. DeLuca went off to the right, chipped seven feet past the pin and then lipped out.
However, DeLuca had the satisfaction of winning the amateur cup in a playoff with O'Rourke, also 20, on the first extra hole with a par.
Inman's victory was worth $2,400. Al Morton of Langston split second prize pro money with Roger Simpkins, the second day leader, who had a 75 for a 214 total. Morton, who was consistent on all three days, closed with a 71.
Tom Snack, a first day leader with Woodmont's Gary Mankulish, had a shot at the title but bogeyed the last three holes to finish at 72. He had a total of 215, matched by Mankulish and Mark Alwin.
Smack was out in 33 and had tied DeLuca for the lead after 45 holes but neither reckoned with Inman, who started the last nine leading by two strokes. Inman birdied three of the last five holes but the turning point came on the short 15th. DeLuca was on the green with his tee shot while Inman was on his flank off the green. But Inman got it close enough for a par 3 while DeLuca three-putted for a bogey.
DeLuca could have matched Inman's birdie on the 16th but his putt hit the cup, spun around and stayed out.