IJAMSVILLE -- Bruce Lehnhard won his third straight Middle Atlantic PGA Seniors championship when he birdied the 13th and 14th holes for a two-stroke margin over Mike McGinnis, then held off the host professional down the stretch at Holly Hills Country Club yesterday. Lehnhard finished 70-69139 to 71-70 for McGinnis.
In addition to the Seniors, Lehnhard, from Fairfax, Va., who has won some $7,500 in four PGA Senior Tour events this season, claimed the section's Quarter-Century (PGA membership) title and qualified for the PGA Senior Club Pro championship in October at West Palm Beach, Fla.
Besides the champion, McGinnis, Frank Herrrelko (144), Billy King (145) and Bill Heron (146), who closed with 69, the low round of the tournament, qualified for the Senior Club Pro event.
McGinnis went one ahead of first-round leader Lehnhard when he birdied the seventh and eighth holes, and the latter resulted in a two-shot swing when the defender bogeyed. Lehnhard got even with a birdie at the ninth when McGinnis missed a three-foot putt for a matching birdie. McGinnis went birdie-bogey-birdie to be one ahead through the 12th, but a bogey at the 13th meant a two-shot swing.
Jack Vardaman, who missed last week's U.S. Senior Amateur local qualifier because of business, took charge of the Seniors championship of the Middle Atlantic Golf Association, winning with a one-over-par round of 37-3572 at the Country Club of Fairfax. Hugh Botts, a perennial contender in this event as well as the Virginia State Seniors, was runner-up at 38-3573 for his 6,420-yard home course.
Amy Ellertson, of Charlottesville, Va., won the annual Farmington Invitational, a women's amateur tournament that dates to the 1950's, with a 54-hole score of 227 at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Va. Andrea Kraus of Woodholme CC was runner-up, 232, followed by Connie Pifer, Hunt Valley GC, 238. April Hardisty, the Maryland State women's amateur champion from Caroline CC, won the second flight with 255.
Pub Date: 8/16/96