WILLIAMSBURG, AUG. 29 -- Chris Peddicord of Columbia shot a final round 70 today at Ford's Colony for a three-round total of 208 and ended Fred Funk's domination of the Middle Atlantic PGA Championship.
Funk, a second-year PGA Tour pro from Laurel, was aiming for his fourth straight MAPGA title but could not generate a charge against Peddicord and finished with 69 -- 212. Peddicord, a Sparrow's Point teaching pro, won $3,000, Funk $2,000.
Former champion Wheeler Stewart of Alexandria's Belle Haven tied for third at 213 with Tim Holbrook of Salem, Va. Each shot 70 today. Former champion Larry Ringer, who started the day two shots behind Peddicord, shot 75 and tied at 215 with Bruce Lehnhard (70) of Lake of the Woods. Peddicord, who hits full shots right-handed and putts left-handed, also had former champion Woody FitzHugh of Great Falls (72 -- 216) and Maryland Open champion Bob Boyd of Woodmont (74 -- 217) chasing him.
"I wasn't trying to beat Fred or anybody," said Peddicord, 28, who also won MAPGA's Match Play title, and the assistants' championship.
On the course's toughest hole, the seventh, he stroked a 5-iron approach seven feet from the flag and birdied to open a three-shot lead over Ringer. After three straight birdies on the back nine, he could afford to bogey two of his final three holes.
Peddicord, exempt from the first round of PGA Tour qualifying this fall, said a factor in breaking Funk's stranglehold was the tournament switching from being exclusively played at Golden Horseshoe to three Williamsburg courses -- Kingsmill, Horseshoe and Ford's Colony.
"I really wanted to play and win this," said Funk. "I came back for the record." Funk, 34, who had his biggest PGA Tour payday ($34,800) in last week's Chattanooga Classic, said he "gave away too many shots" with an opening 74 (38 putts). "You don't have 38 putts anywhere and survive."
Former champion Del Snyder of Golden Horseshoe was low senior with 73 -- 220.