Woody FitzHugh shot 74 today for a 54-hole score of six-under-par 210 that gave the former PGA tour player and proprietor of Woody's Range in Great Falls the Middle Atlantic PGA championship at Shannon Green.
FitzHugh, 28, the first- and second-round leader, began this round with a five-stroke edge over Wheeler Stewart of Congressional and never let his lead dwindle to less than two strokes.
When Stewart birdied the eighth and ninth holes to gain two strokes going to the back nine, FitzHugh began a string of pars that lasted until the 18th green. "My plan was to get something going and force it into a match-play situation," said Stewart, who lost in the final of the National Match Play Championship two years ago to Jim Dent. "But he didn't let me do much."
FitzHugh, the 1981 Middle Atlantic PGA money and points leader, was too consistent for Stewart, who finished second at 71 -- 212. FitzHugh's drives were straight and long and his putting was soft and steady. After opening with a birdie, FitzHugh parred 14 of 17 holes, bogeying three.
"I worked very hard to win this thing," FitzHugh said. "Usually, I'm not that aggressive on the course, but today I was saying to myself, 'This is my tournament, this is my tournament.' "
FitzHugh, who shot 69 the first day, 67 the next, earned $1,800 to Stewart's $1,200 and automatically qualified for next year's Kemper and Anheuser-Busch events, in addition to gaining the right for a year to qualify for any TPA tour event. Six strokes back in third place was Fred Gibson, who earned $840.