Steve Schneiter, of Sandy, Utah, rallied from a four-stroke deficit to edge John DeForest, of Accord, N.Y., and Bob Ford, of Oakmont, Pa., by one stroke and win the 28th PGA Professional National Championship a day before his 32nd birthday.

Schneiter closed with a 4-under-par 68, by chipping from the left fringe of the 18th green at the La Quinta Mountain Course and sinking a two-foot birdie putt on the par-5, 524-yard hole. Schneiter capped a five-birdie, one-bogey performance for a 72-hole total of 10-under-par 278. Schneiter then waited 15 minutes before DeForest three-putted from 40 feet on the 18th hole and missed his bid for a playoff. Schneiter earned a first-place prize of $32,000 from a total purse of $400,000. DeForest, who had a final-round 71, and Ford each earned $19,500. Ford, playing in the same threesome as Schneiter, finished with a 69 and birdied the 17th and 18th holes, after making brilliant bunker approach shots.

The Championship featured three memorable shots – all on the La Quinta Mountain Course. Kent Dinsdale, of Rolla, Mo., and Chris Tucker, of Midland, N.C., recorded double eagles, while Jeffrey Roth, the 1993 Champion, posted his 10th career hole-in-one.