Earl Biggett lost a three-shot lead on holes 16 and 17 but won the Washington Area Amateur Champions tournament yesterday at Newbridge by parring the final hole while defending champion Kim Dickerson took a bogey.
Biggett, who plays on the University of South Florida golf team, turned in a final round of 73 for a total of 221. Dickerson, who also had 73, totaled 222.
Two-time champion Dave King of Bethesda missed a 30-foot birdie chip on the final green that would have tied Biggett. King's attempt just missed and went eight feet beyond. He ended up making bogey and placing third at 74 -- 223.
First-round leader Rodney Lathern of Bladensburg, a Newbridge regular, was fourth at 77 -- 226.
Biggett pulled his approach left of the 16th green and bogeyed. On the 17th, he drove into high weeds, advanced his second shot only two feet, and took double bogey.
So Dickerson drew even going to the par-4 finisher. Dickerson chipped up five feet from the hole, only to miss his par putt. Biggett then tapped in his two-footer to win.
"I got lackadaisical after my birdie on 15 (for a three-shot lead)," said Biggett. He also said he started feeling tired on the 14th hole. Biggett drove 17 straight hours from Tampa, Fla., to make Friday's opening round.
Biggett, of New York City, won the Capital City Open two years ago, and had planned to play in that event here on the weekend. It was canceled, so he entered the WAAC.
Tournament director Don Morris said yesterday he thought Biggett was from the Washington area when he took his entry.
"There's nothing that says the golfer has to be from the metropolitan area. We just try to keep it local," Morris said. "I wouldn't encourage out-of-state players to play, but I don't object."