Ken Lampard nearly forgot he was playing in the 18th annual Maryland State Golf Association Mid-Amateur championship. It was a good thing he remembered.

Playing in his first mid-amateur event, Lampard, 35, of Beaver Creek Country Club shot 70-69 -- 139 (5 under par) yesterday at Old South Country Club in Lothian to win by three strokes. Larry Storck, the 1998 champion from Hayfields CC, tied Matt Sughrue of Bethesda CC for second place.

Lampard didn't realize until Sunday night he had signed up to play the tournament, which is open to golfers 30 years and older. Until this year, the age limit had been 35.

"I forgot all about it," Lampard said.

Lampard came into the final round trailing first-round leader Storck by one stroke. The lead went back and forth through the first nine holes, leaving Lampard and Storck tied at the turn. After they both made bogey on 10, Lampard birdied No. 12 by hitting his second shot to within three feet of the pin. Storck made par on that hole then bogeyed the next to give Lampard the edge he needed.

"After I birdied 8, 9, I felt decent," Lampard said. "I kind of got a little more in rhythm. That little stretch, that helped me."

-- Kathy Orton