Through nine holes of yesterday's final round of the Northern Virginia Amateur, Greg Carpousis of Army Navy lay 40 and trailed Tim Vigotsky by six strokes.
Nine holes later, Carpousis, by way of six birdies, and Vigotsky of Reston were even. And on the first playoff hole, Carpousis rolled in a five-foot putt for yet another birdie and victory.
"I could've shot another 40, you never know," said Carpousis of his 31 on the back nine at Belle Haven. "I've blown my share of these so this is very satisfying, for sure."
With rounds of 70 and 72, Carpousis had a one-shot lead over Vigotsky, Glenn Barrett of Penderbrook and Art Locke III of International coming into the final day. His 71 gave him a 213 total, three under par, for the tournament. Barrett, winner of the recent Capital City Open, could have made the playoff with birdie on the final hole, but took double bogey for 216. Locke did not stay in contention, closing with a 78.
Carpousis, a recent graduate of American University, where he played in the NCAA championships the last two years, sank a 20-foot putt on the 18th green to match Vigotsky's birdie from 10 feet.
"You bet I know where I was then," said Carpousis, 23. "That was a lot of work out there, let me tell you."
On the par-5 playoff hole, Vigotsky's second shot rolled off the green 40 feet from the cup. His chip was not stroked hard enough, leaving a difficult putt. Carpousis, meanwhile, rolled his second shot right up to the fringe and chipped to birdie range.
Gill FitzHugh of Army Navy, the champion two years ago, shot 71--219. Defending champion Rob Black now is a professional.
Carpousis has no thoughts of turning pro as yet. He will enter American's graduate school of business in the fall.
"I won my club championship at 14, the youngest to do that at any club, I believe," Carpousis said. He said he beats the hot weather by "keeping a lot of fluids in the body," advice from his brother, a doctor.
This was the first playoff in the nine-year history of the Northern Virginia Amateur.