Barry Pilson of Martinsville, Va., parred the 17th hole and ended a comeback bid by David Newland of Annandale to win the Marvin (Bubby) Worsham Memorial golf tournament yesterday at Prince Georges Country Club, 2 and 1.
Pilson, who plays No. 3 on the strong NAIA team from Elon College, will have his name inscribed on the trophy that already bears the name of Arnold Palmer, who won the first Worsham 33 years ago at Bethesda Country Club.
Newland plays out of Penderbrook and is the top player on Virginia Commonwealth University's team. He fell three holes behind after failing to get down in two from a greenside bunker at the 13th hole, where he took bogey. But he rallied with par victories on holes 14 and 16 to pull within one. On the par-4 17th hole, his drive hit a tree to the right of the fairway and stopped five feet behind it.
Pilson drove his one-iron in the middle of the fairway and his approach shot went onto the green and stopped 40 feet from the hole.
Newland tried to play a shot under the tree branches but the ball caught the tree and advanced only 20 yards. Newland hit a good third shot onto the green but the ball rolled 25 feet beyond the hole.
Pilson struck his first putt three feet short of the hole. After Newland missed his long par putt, Pilson tapped in his par putt.
"The one-iron has been good to me all week," said Pilson, who is from a golfing family. His parents manage Forest Park in Martinsville and he plays there and at Bassett golf course.