Jim Estes, Maryland state junior champion, shot a one-under-par 69 to win the George Diffenbaugh Tournament of Junior Champions by five strokes yesterday at Kenwood.
"It was meant to be," said the 16-year-old Manor Country Club player. "Luck was with me."
It took more than luck to eagle the par-5 520-yard ninth hole and salvage a bogey out of a potentially disastrous 18th hole.
Estes' second shot with a three-wood landed six feet from the cup on the ninth green and he sank the putt for an eagle 3.
On 18, after putting his drive, second and third shots into sand, Estes' fourth shot landed three inches from the pin and he salvaged a bogey 5.
Greg Kleeh of Youngstown, Ohio, placed second in the Open Division with 36 38 -- 74. Rick Schuller of Army Navy won the club division with 72, followed by Mike Del Rocco of Chantilly, who won a playoff on the first hole to edge Art Locke of International. Each shot 75.
Michelle Hiskey of Washington Golf and Country Club was the girls open division champ with 39 37 -- 76, followed by Dierdre Anderson of Baltimore at 36 42 -- 78.
Christy Dristy of Springfield defeated Claire Dolan of Montgomery Village in a five-hole playoff to win the club's girls club division after both shot 84.
In the boys 14-and-under, Tom Riley of Belle Haven won with 42 35 -- 77.
In the boys 13-and-under division, Army Navy's Fred Widcus of Army Navy shot 44 44 -- 88 to win the boys 13-and-under title.