Roger Maltbie made six birdies and shot five-under-par 67 to win the professional division of the Kemper Pro-Am tournament yesterday at Congressional. He won $750.

"I didn't hit the ball that well, but I putted the eyes out of it," said Maltbie, noting he made four putts of at least 20 feet.

Curtis Strange and Gary Hallberg tied for second at 70.

Jerry Pate, in his first start since a shoulder injury idled him in March, shot 71 with George Burns and Jim Thorpe.

Tom Kite let a fine round slip away and tied at 72 with 1980 Kemper champion John Mahaffey, Mark Lye, John Cook, Andy Bean, Peter Jacobsen and Tom Purtzer.

Two-time defending champion Craig Stadler had five bogeys for a back-nine 41 and carded 76. Stadler's only birdie came at the par-5 sixth hole.

Richmond pro Bobby Wadkins teamed with amateurs Andrew Kramer, Nick Alberti, Bob Newhouse and Michael Miller for net 56 to win the team prize.

Kite was five under par after 11 holes, but the erratic play that lately has pestered the tour's most consistent player again hampered him, topped off by triple bogey on the 465-yard finishing hole.

On that par 4, Kite hit his second shot into the water, had to drop in heavy rough and failed to make the green with his fourth shot.

Afterward, Kite went back to basics on the practice tee, laying clubs parallel to the target, as a teaching pro would do in guiding a high-handicapper. After hitting a shot that was not pleasing to him, Kite said, "Damn, this can be a frustrating game at times."

Burns, who has missed the cut in seven of 14 tournaments this year, came to Washington Friday night after missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament and has practiced at Congressional daily. Yesterday, Burns hit 14 greens in regulation and said, "That's a lot for me; I'm usually coming out of the weeds."

Brad Pritchard of Bethesda was given a sponsor's exemption to replace withdrawn Jerry Heard . . . This year's hot item on tour is a ball with 60 more dimples than usual; supposedly more stable in wind and flies farther. The maker calls it Titleist 384, for the dimple count.