Webb Heintzelman, who just completed his junior year at the University of South Carolina where he played varsity golf, shot 72 yesterday at Newbridge Country Club to take the first-round lead of the 54-hole Washington Area Amateur Champions tournament.

"It feels good to be home," Heintzelman said after his one-over-par round on the tight, tree-lined course near Capital Centre. The WAAC is in its first year at Newbridge, having moved from its former site, Marlboro Country Club.

"I think its a good course" said Heintzelman, 21, of Washingtonian Country Club, who recently was eliminated in the third round of the North-South Amateur. "It's in good shape and the greens are good . . .

"I kept the ball pretty much in play, I didn't hit my driver too well, so I used my three-wood a lot. The course is only about 6,400 yards. It's a position course. "

Heintzelman, younger brother of Belle Haven Four Ball finalist Wade Heintzelman, sank six putts in the six-to-seven-foot range. His birdies were from seven feet on the fifth hole, and from six feet on the par-3 10th hole, after he hit an excellent two-iron tee shot.

John Vardaman of Congressional hit a long-iron approach shot over a lake and three feet from the hole and made birdie on the par-4 finishing hole and is second at 73.

Two-time defending champion Dave King of Prince Georges recovered from four bogeys in his first 11 holes to post 74. King is tied for third with Scott Inman, Amr Abou, Rod Stanley and Glen Barrett.

Pat Staveley, younger brother of Middle Atlantic PGA standout Brian Staveley, shot 37 on the front nine but then took 10 on the par-5 11th hole and finished with 83.