Ken Newlin of Nokesville made eagle 3 on the 11th hole and went on to score a 72 for a 54-hole total of two-over-par 215 and a six-shot victory in the Northern Virginia Amateur yesterday at Hidden Creek.
Tim Vigotsky of the host club birdied the final hole for second place at 76 -- 221, followed by Mike DelRocco of Chantilly (78) and Tim Krouse of Westwood (74) at 222, and two-time champion Gill FitzHugh of Army Navy, 77 -- 223.
Many doubted that Newlin, a cross-handed putter and 2-handicapper from Chantilly, could hold up after an opening-round 70. But they underestimated the steady 48-year-old grandfather of four.
DelRocco wrested the lead from Newlin midway through the front nine but Newlin regained it with birdies on the eighth and ninth holes.
On the par-5, 476-yard 11th hole, Newlin was faced with a 230-yard shot over a creek. He hit a beautiful five-wood shot and the ball stopped 25 feet from the hole. He knocked in the putt for eagle and a four-shot lead over Vigotsky and a five-shot lead over DelRocco.
"That eagle got me over the hump," said Newlin, who grew up on the Winchester Country Club course. He finished fifth in last year's Kenridge Invitational at Farmington, Va., and said one of his biggest victories was the Sam McGill Amateur in the Philippines in 1975, when he was working for the State Department. He now works for an electronics firm in Tysons Corner.
Newlin had a right to be tired. He played 72 holes of golf Saturday and today, 18 each day in a member-guest at Fauquier Springs and a round each day in this event.