Mark Evenson overcame a seven-shot deficit and a four-hole playoff to win the Middle Atlantic PGA Section Club Professional Championship yesterday at Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md. Evenson, a PGA teaching professional at the Suburban Club and 1999 champion of this event, tied with Wayne DeFrancesco, a PGA teaching pro at Woodholme CC and two-time champion, at 212 (4 under par) after three rounds.
After each player made par on the first three playoff holes, Evenson hit a spectacular second shot on the par-4 350-yard fourth. The ball landed two inches in front of the pin and rolled two feet away. DeFrancesco, who led by four strokes going into the final round, made a six-foot par putt to put some pressure on Evenson. But Evenson didn't wilt; he sank the birdie putt and doubled over with relief.
Evenson earned $8,250. The top 12 finishers advanced to the national PGA Club Professional Championship next June in Verona, N.Y. Chip Sullivan of Ashley Plantation, the 2002 champion, finished third at 213. David Champagne of Robert Trent Jones Golf Club was fourth (214) and Ricky Touma of Burning Tree took fifth (215).
-- Kathy Orton