One of the lessons Jan Miller picked up during his eight-year fling with pro golf was not to let a slow start spoil a fast finish.
So when Miller found himself trailing Joe Galvin after the first nine holes of their 36-hole Baltimore Country Club final, he launched a comeback that concluded with a 3 and 2 victory on the 34th hole.
In winning the BCC crown for the second time in the last three years, Miller rebounded to be 4 up after 18 holes and 5 up after 27. Still the surprising Galvin, competing in the final for the first time, made a late bid to catch his opponent, winning the 29th, 30th and 31st holes.
In the semifinals, Miller stopped Bob Kaestner 3-2 with a subpar round while Galvin turned back defending champion Pat O'Malley, also by a 3-2 margin.
Miller has no regrets about leaving the pro ranks seven years ago. "As an amateur again, I enjoy golf more and I'm pleased with my position in the insurance business," said Miller, the son-in-law of the late Jack Dunn III.
Winners of other flight finals at BCC: Ed Johnston, Lou Kimball, Paul Vettori, Mike Chasney and John Nagle Jr.
Elsewhere in area golf:
* Mount Pleasant -- The Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation's first two-man team championship belongs to Bill Stout and David Rasley.
Stout, the reigning State Stroke Play titleholder from Germantown CC, and Lakewood CC's Rasley, who holds the Maryland Mid-Am crown, won the 36-hole event, scoring 69-69-138. Other leading teams were:
Larry Storck and Joe Franz 67-73-140, Barrett Hubbard and Mike Reese 71-69-140, Jerry Iorizzo and Steve Hull 70-70-140, Greg Tilton and John Vollmer 72-69-141, Mike Auerback and Corky Conolly 71-70-141 and Greg Thompson and Ed Tydings 74-67-141.
* Maryland Golf -- The team of Larry Collins and John McCarthy scored a net 63 to win the member-member tourney. Other leaders were 64-Jerry Lear and Bob Biser, 65-Chuck Krohn and David O'Neil and 65-Lee Grantham and Dick Godfrey.
* Bay Hills -- Eleanor Hughes won the women's senior crown, scoring 88. The runner-up was Essie McLane with 91. Net leaders were Faith Moeller with 97-30-67, Nancy Palmer 104-28-76 and Liz Ruark 101-25-76.
* Turf Valley -- Winners of the club's 18-hole stroke play test were: (low gross)- 74-Joe Stanley and 75-Greg Killian; (low net)- 64-Hal Elkins, 69-Lloyd Gilmore and 69-Tom Breen.
* Piney Branch -- In team play, the men's net winners were 62-Jerry Lauman and Ed Tobias, 65-Jim Staymates and Press Wilhelm, and 65-Dan Rask and Jay Schreider. Low gross leaders were 69-Ken Mattison and Charles Farley and 70-Carol Gailey and George Palmer.
Leaders in the women's division were 69-Debbie Stricker and Brenda Rosenberger, 71-Bea McCauley and Mary Lou Gilbreath, and 71-Betty Noland and Gloria Barry. Low gross went to the team of Connie Henderson and Janel Spencer-Hagy, scoring 86.
* Rolling Road -- Bob Holland and Jim Dunphy are the club's "Super Seniors." Competing for the Charlie Emrich Super Senior Award, Holland, with 81-14-67 and Dunphy, with 83-16-67, were overall leaders. Other age division winners were (65-69)-Norville Tucker 91-21-70, and Dick Mogovero 86-16-70; (70-74)-Phil Owens 92-22-70; and (75-over)-Harold Cornelius 103-28-75.
* Chartwell -- Mike Lynch teamed with Karen Parker to win low gross in the mixed two-ball tourney, carding 72. Second went to Dick Berzinski and Carol Ratcliffe with 78. Low net winning teams were: David and Robin Nocar Sr. 60, Bob and Doris Yount 61, Ken and Lynn Haneisen 62, and Paul and Kathy Quinn 63.
* Elkridge -- William McLean and Tim Zouck won the two-man team title, defeating Tom Eshman and Peter Zouck in the final. In the first flight, Charles Offutt and Graham Boyce defeated Rob Kline and Richard Thomas. Lee and Chip Woody won the second flight, defeating Bob Swindell and Bill Dorsey.
* Chestnut Ridge -- Winning combinations in three-player team play were: 40-Arnold Gold, Morris Older and Mirvin Hirsch, 40-Harry Shapiro, Jack Kaufman and Marvin Frank, and 44-Harry Morrell, Herman Baylus and Morton Hoffman.
* Green Spring -- The team of Brooks Carey and Pat Brooks were overall winners of the 54-hole Green Spring Invitational tourney, scoring a net 281. Low gross winners with 294 was the combination of Peter Martin and Pat Tallent.
Individual round leading teams included George Litz and Dave DeVilliers, Dan Brooks and Rip Zink, and Preston Athey and Bill Moeller.
* Diamond Ridge -- Tim Boyd's 155 won the club's stroke play championship. Joe Pietrowiak's 131 won low net. Pern Lundell was the match play champion.
* CC of Maryland -- Al Mank and Alan Anthony won the two-man team event with a 149 gross score. Low net leaders were: Stu Dunn and David Henry 137, Ben Beckwith and Frank Syzmanski 140, and Myrt Gaines and Bill Sadler 142.
Winners in the two-day Mr. and Mrs. tourney were: 127-Bob and Nancy Jones, 130-Gary and Helga Bancroft and 132-Clark and Pat Hargest.
* Hunt Valley -- Winning foursome in the Ham-Am tourney with a net score of 41 was Tom Nicholson, Jerry Golle, Joan Clark and Jim Gouldan.
* Holes-in-one -- By Joe Soliman on sixth hole at Towson Golf, by Chuck Converse on second hole at Chartwell, by Jan Miller on first hole at Green Spring and by R.C. Lynks on 11th hole at Diamond Ridge.