Brian Staveley of Bowie won the Templeton Oldsmobile Middle Atlantic Open by two strokes yesterday when Roger Simpkins of Woodmont had a disputed double bogey on the 18th hole at Evergreen Country Club.
Staveley, who finished at six-under-par 208 with a final-round 72, had a two-stroke lead over Simpkins with three holes to go. But Staveley bogeyed No. 16 and Simpkins made a three-foot putt for birdie on No. 17 to tie going into the final hole.
Both hit their tee shots wide on the par-5, 552-yard 18th. Simpkins elected to try for the green on his second shot and hit the ball into a hazard. The ball was found, but not before it was ruled lost by a tournament official. Simpkins had to replay the shot with a new ball; Staveley easily made par to earn the $3,500 first prize.
"The official made a bad ruling because my ball was later found in the hazard," said Simpkins, who finished at 75. "Instead of playing for a chance at the championship, I was forced to play for second place."
"Roger took a gamble on his second shot by going for the green," said Staveley. "I was just happy to make my par and hope he didn't get a birdie."
Tod Smith of Charlotte, N.C., Robert Wrenn of Midlothian, Va., Mike Moyers of Stanardsville, Va., and Bruce Lehnhard of Lake of the Woods, Va., finished in a tie for third place at 211.