Dave King took all the suspense out of the Washington Area Champions golf tournament when he scored consecutive birdies on the eighth through 10th holes, shooting a one-under par 71 yesterday for a 54-hole total of 215 and a whopping eight-stroke victory at Marlboro Country Club.

For the second day in a row the two-time Maryland Amateur champion hit 16 greens in regulation on the exacting course. "You get a severe penalty here for a bad shot," said King. "Oftentimes two shots instead on one. I learned my lesson here last year (when he skied to an 81 on the final day and finished second). You've got to play conservative."

King's low tee shots, deft approach shots and putts kept him clear of the woods and water of Marlboro Country.

He began the day three strokes ahead of Greg Carpousis of Army Navy and four in front of Bob Hawkins of Pinecrest. King, who belongs to both Bethesda and Prince Georges country clubs, appeared safe when Carpousis fell even further back by opening with three straight bogeys.

But King allowed both Carpousis and Hawkins to remain within striking distance when he double-bogeyed the par-3 third hole. There he hit his iron tee shot short of the green and stubbed his second shot, still short of the green. He chipped onto the putting surface and missed a 20-footer.

King righted himself with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth hole and birdied the ninth as his eight-iron approach shot hit the pin and left him a six-inch tap. After an half-hour rain delay, he hit another fine eight-iron approach and sank a four-foot bird at the 10th hole.

That left everyone else playing for second place and the only drama that remained was whether King could avoid all of the trouble on the back nine. He played it in two-under-par 35, which included a birdie 4 on the dreaded 17th that provided several double-digit scores in the three-day event.

Both Carpousis and Hawkins self-destructed on the final nine, allowing Buddy Peoples of Crofton to finish second, 74 -- 223.