Jack Skilling rolled in short birdie putts on his last two holes, the eighth and ninth, to finish 33-3467 and win the pro sweeps phase of the annual Middle Atlantic PGA pro-am tournament at Rolling Road Golf Club yesterday.
Skilling, 31, an assistant professional at Columbia CC, had three birdies on each nine, plus three bogeys, in recording his lowest score over the tight, well-conditioned Catonsville course.
He explained that a solid winter season, including four top 10 finishes in the Club Pro series in Florida, had helped him become much more patient. "I don't get as upset as
I used to," he said.
John McNaney, competing unattached, birdied his last hole, the 18th, for a 68 and a tie with Marty O'Rear of Cedar Crest CC for second place.
Dennis Winters of Eisenhower GC and Don Slebodnik, competing unattached, were another stroke back at 69.
The program attracted 60 teams.
Free State Seniors
Wally Engle made a curling 40-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 fourth hole to highlight a round of 76, low gross in the monthly field of 120 at Eagle's Nest.
Tom Brooke of the host club returned the low net, 80-12-68.