Washington's Lee Elder completed a busy day, which began with an appearance on NBC's "Today" show, by giving a clinic and playing in the sixth annual United Negro College Fund celebrity golf tournament yesterday at Indian Spring Country Club.

On Sunday, Elder finished play in the Senior PGA Tour's Long Island Classic and yesterday he was up early to be on television with Willard Scott.

"It was a full morning," said Elder, honorary chairman of the event here. "I think we picked up 40 or 50 more people {for this tournament} by being on the show."

After his clinic, Elder played with several groups as 250 golfers occupied both of Indian Spring's courses and raised approximately $75,000.

Elder, who will turn 56 Saturday, has been struggling in his fifth year on the Senior PGA Tour, with $38,000 in earnings. The problem is not the appearance of new seniors Jack Nicklaus or Lee Trevino, but rather a familiar Elder nemesis -- his putter.

"I was four under par with three holes to play {in the recent U.S. Senior Open} and I three-putted 16 and 17," said Elder, armed with a new putter yesterday. He has earned more than $2 million in 17 years on the regular PGA Tour and four on the seniors circuit. He suffered a heart attack in the fall of 1988 but came back a year later to win in Miami; however, he has not won since.

Elder said he almost pulled out of the Long Island tournament after the first two rounds.

"I was gasping for breath," he said, but he completed the tournament with a 71 for 222. "I'm getting there. The doctor told me I had to be patient."

Marvin Dorsey, John Garrison, McKinley Jones and Peter Swift won the team prize yesterday with net 50. Pro golfer Calvin Peete, Rep. Gus Savage (D-Ill.), some Redskins and other media celebrities also appeared.

McDonald House: Donnie Hammond and Mark Brooks tied with 66s in the Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am at Westwood Country Club in Vienna.

The two touring pros matched cards and Hammond, originally from Frederick, Md., and now a Floridian, was declared the winner by virtue of having shot 33 on the front nine.

The low Middle Atlantic pro in the charity event was Mike Fischer of Westwood with a 72.