Woody FitzHugh of Great Falls, Va., won his second USAir/Middle Atlantic PGA Championship today by two shots. It was his first victory on the demanding Golden Horseshoe course that had made him look ordinary the two previous years.
FitzHugh, 33, the 1984 Middle Atlantic PGA player of the year and this season's MAPGA leading money winner, shot 71 for a 54-hole total of two-over-par 215. He overtook Bruce Lehnhard, second-round leader by four shots.
FitzHugh won $2,700 and exemptions to the PGA Tour Kemper and Anheuser-Busch tournaments.
Rick Hughes of Maryland's Indian Spring ended second at 72 -- 217, ahead of Lehnhard, 78 -- 218, and Mike Moyers, 75 -- 219.
FitzHugh looked like anything but a winner after he double-bogeyed the fourth hole to go three over for the day, and was heard to mutter, "I'll see you guys next year."
"It's a great golf course," FitzHugh said finally. "I said that when I was finishing 50th and I'll say it now. You just have to drive the ball so good. It gets to you after a while."
After nine holes, Lehnhard, despite a front-nine 41 that included a double bogey and four bogeys, still shared the lead with Moyers.
Lehnhard regained a one-shot lead when he parred the 10th hole and Moyers hooked his drive and took bogey. FitzHugh pulled even with Lehnhard with a birdie on the 11th, then went ahead by two shots on the 13th with a 15-foot birdie putt while Lehnhard bogeyed.
Hughes, playing one hole ahead of FitzHugh, drew within one with a birdie at the par-3 No. 16. FitzHugh hit a six-iron to three feet from the 17th hole and made birdie.
"That was the best shot I hit all tournament," said FitzHugh.
After Hughes bogeyed 18, FitzHugh needed a 6 or better on the par-4 finishing hole. He made it interesting by driving into woods, but pitched to the fairway, hit a long iron onto the green and two-putted.