The foursome of Sonny Jurgensen, Joseph O'Neill and brothers Larry and Keith Mahaney shot 11-under-par 59 to win the Vince Lombardi Tournament of Champions yesterday at Indian Spring Country Club.
Three foursomes tied at 60 in the scramble best-ball event.
"We didn't make any putts in the beginning and then we realized we had to get busy and sink some," said Jurgensen, puffing on a victory cigar. Turning serious, he said, "Lombardi was a great man, and this is a great cause. I loved the man, and I, along with a lot of other people, go out of our way to participate in this event."
Among other participants: Speaker of the House Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill, Capitals defenseman Rod Langway, former Miami Dolphins linebacker Nick Buoniconti, Redskins running back Ken Jenkins, former Capital Yvon Labre, golfer Jane Blalock and former Redskins safety Brig Owens.
"This course is eating me up alive," said Buoniconti, whose team decided not to turn in its card. "I've been coming here since the inception of this event, and it is really a fantastic tournament."
Tournament officials, who raised $400,000 last year, hope for $425,000 this year. All proceeds go to the Lombardi Foundation with the majority of the funds going to the cancer center at Georgetown University.
The team of Bernie Pinsonat, Jay Stone, Richard McGraw and Randy Nichols tied for the morning lead with 60, and then had to wait.
"You wish everyone the best, but you really don't mean it," Pinsonat said, laughing. "It's a gentleman's game, but you really don't want them to beat you."