Davis Sezna, a former University of Maryland golfer, birdied four of his first five holes, then double bogeyed three holes on his final nine, but his 76 was good enough for a one-stroke victory in the 18th annual Poor Robert's Golf Classic yesterday at Woodmont North in Rockville.
Sezna, 32, from Wilmington, Del., won the right to play in the PGA Tour Kemper Open at Congressional Country Club, May 29-June 1.
Sezna, a restaurateur, had an apt description for his excellent-turned-shaky round in trying, windy conditions.
"This round went from rack of lamb to a chicken pot pie," he said.
"The wind just gobbled me up," said Sezna, whose biggest golf victory was the 1973 Delaware Open. "I don't think that will intimidate the field in the Kemper Open. But to have the opportunity to play in a pro event, it's a great thrill."
Only 10 in yesterday's field of 112 amateurs broke 80. Bob Rehman of Indian Spring and Blaise Giroso of Wilmington tied for second at 77, followed by Henry Blue of Baltimore's Green Spring Valley at 78.
Other competitors included Quinn Talbot, the national one-armed champion (who shot 92) and seven-time Maryland Amateur champion Marty West (79), who has been invited to and will play in the Kemper.
"We got 'em all," said tournament chairman Bobby Abbo, referring to the field for this year's event, which he said raised about $90,000 for local charities. "I contacted every good amateur in Washington."
And some good ones from afar, including Pittsburgh champion Marshall Marraccini (79), whose tee shots seemingly landed in the next zip code.
Talbot, 36, of Bermuda, who lost his right arm 19 years ago in a moped accident, did not shoot his usual game in the 80s but did manage a solid par on the 355-yard, par-4 fourth hole.
There he hit a 220-yard 3-wood off the tee, wedged to the green and two-putted from 25 feet for four.
Talbot, 36, present National Amputee Golf Association champion, said his lowest career score is 76.
"You gotta think all the time in this game," he said. "Lack of concentration sometimes hurts me."