Jim Cangiano of Dickerson completed his final-round comeback against Norfolk's Troy Ferris with a par on the first playoff hole yesterday to win the boys 16-17 title at the Bobby Bowers Junior Memorial tournament at Springfield Golf and Country Club.

Cangiano, 17, of Poolesville High School and Holly Hills Country Club, didn't lead until the final (19th) hole, when Ferris, 16, missed on a five-foot putt for par. Cangiano then tapped in from less than three feet to win the trophy, several prizes and a $1,000 scholarship for college.

"It seemed like I was on the defensive the whole day," said Cangiano, who before his match with Ferris beat Pete Vartabedian, 5 and 3, in the semifinals. "Troy's real steady. He doesn't make many bogeys."

Ferris was unheralded until beating medalist Jimmy Flippen in the quarterfinals. After defeating Andrew Trotter in the morning semifinals, Ferris, of Cox High School and Lake Wright Golf Course, started quickly against Cangiano, winning the fourth and fifth holes.

When Ferris birdied the 358-yard, par-4 12th, he regained the two-hole advantage Cangiano cut in half with a birdie on the 386-yard, par-4 ninth. Ferris, though, with bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes, was unable to hold off Cangiano.

On the 19th, Cangiano placed his second shot within 15 feet of the pin, while Ferris's ball fell short of the green. Cangiano narrowly missed the birdie putt that would have won the match, but was given a second opportunity when Ferris missed a five-footer.

"I was two up with four {holes} to play, and I choked," said Ferris, who unlike Cangiano played without a caddy in the final, carrying his bags and walking the course by himself.

"It's kind of tough not having any support," he said. "I never played in a match play tournament before, but I feel like I'm playing the best I can. After I beat Flippen . . . I thought I could win {the tournament}."

Said Cangiano: "All week long not having to carry my bag, it makes a difference. It can make you tired. This heat is tough."

In the girls division, Salem's Lee Shirley upset defending champion Lisa Biernot in the semifinals, but was beaten in the final by Heather Bowie of Dover, Del., 5 and 4.

Bobby Bilbo of Olney, Md., who finished third in the Emmet tournament, won the boys 14-15 title, defeating Scott Reynolds of Lexington, Va., 4 and 3, in the final.

Chip Glover of Verona, Va., won the 13-and-under title, defeating Trevor Dean of Stafford, Va., 7 and 6, in the championship match.