There's bad news for the rest of the field in the Northern Virginia Amateur golf tournament.
Gill FitzHugh, three-time and defending champion, did not putt well and still shot 67 over his home Army Navy course, taking a five-shot lead into today's final round.
FitzHugh, 39, older brother of Middle Atlantic PGA standout Woody FitzHugh, made five birdies and added his 4-under-par score yesterday to an opening-round 72 for 139.
Neff McClary of Fairfax, former Virginia state champion, is second at 69 -- 144, followed by Bob Johnson of Reston South (72 -- 145), first-round leader Peter Jacobi of Army Navy (76 -- 147) and Rod Stanley of Chantilly (74 -- 148).
Jim Gunn, 69, a retired Army general who was one shot out of the lead after an opening-round 72, had problems with his putting and shot 77 for a 149 that tied Dave Spannbauer of Hidden Creek (73), Mike Matthews of Woodlawn (76), Chuck Tickle of Chantilly (77) and Larry Spielberg of Westwood (77).
FitzHugh popped up his drive on the opening hole yesterday but then hit a 4-wood second shot one foot from the hole for his first birdie. He made his only bogey after his drive hooked into trees on the third hole. He put his driver into his bag for the rest of the day and played magnificently with a metal 2-wood off the tees.
He made his third birdie with an eight-foot putt at the par-3 12th hole, then wedged his third shot to within a foot of the cup at the next hole for his second straight birdie.
FitzHugh then hit a 5-iron four feet from the hole at the par-3 finisher and sank that putt for his fifth and final birdie of the day.