Michael Perlmutter doesn't mind trailing the leader entering the final round of a tournament. It seems he almost prefers it. For the second time in two weeks, Perlmutter has come from behind to win an event. The 18-year-old All-Met from Landon shot a 1-over-par 71 yesterday for a three-day total of 217 and a two-shot victory in the 23rd annual Dewey Ricketts Memorial at River Bend Golf & Country Club.

"I figured I'd be there at the end," Perlmutter said. "It was just a matter of time."

Quinton Saum, an 18-year-old Whitman graduate who will attend Methodist College in North Carolina this fall, finished second with 219. Chris Hass, an 18-year-old Bethesda-Chevy Chase rising senior, was third with 221. Evan Beck, a 14-year-old from Virginia Beach, won the 14-15 division with 222. Stephen Boshdosh, a 15-year-old from Clarksville, came in second with 228.

Perlmutter, who trailed by seven strokes entering the final round before winning the Bubby Worsham Memorial two weeks ago, was down two strokes to Saum entering the final day of the 54-hole stroke play event. He lost two shots on the first two holes by making bogeys, then rallied on the back nine with three birdies.

-- Kathy Orton