Dennis Winters of Columbia Country Club shot a 1-under 70 to win the Toyota Invitational Championship yesterday at Four Streams Golf Club in Beallsville.
The 7,022-yard, par-71 course proved to be quite demanding--no golfer finished under par for the two-day, 54-hole event. Winters shot a 1-over 72 in each of the first two rounds to finish with a 214 total. "It was brutal," said Winters, who earned $50,000 for the victory. "You could make big numbers on any hole. This golf course does not let up on you."
Winters entered the final round tied for second, one stroke behind Jack Skilling, the assistant club professional at Four Streams. Several golfers were within one or two strokes of the lead after the first nine holes. However, the back nine proved disastrous for the leaders. Skilling double-bogeyed two holes and made bogey on another. Dirk Schultz, who was tied for the lead with Don Slebodnik at the turn, double-bogeyed No. 10. Slebodnik double-bogeyed No. 11.
With everyone else falling apart, Winters was steady. His only bogey on the back nine was on No. 18, when he had the win secured. Wayne DeFrancesco finished two strokes back in second place.