Bruce Zabriski, a 39- year-old PGA assistant professional at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., built a three-stroke lead after 54 holes, then struggled home to a final-round 3- over-par 75 to win the 30th PGA Professional National Championship at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort & Country Club’s No. 8, The Centennial Course.

Zabriski’s final round was the highest by a winner in the history of the Championship, and gave him a 72-hole total of 7-under-par 281. He earned a first-place prize of $28,000 from the $300,000 purse. The trio of Jay Overton, of Palm Harbor, Fla., 1995 National Champion Steve Schneiter, of Sandy, Utah, and Mike Burke Jr., of Towaco, N.J., tied for second, one stroke back, at 6-under-par 282.

Zabriski, the nation’s No. 2-ranked playing club professional heading into the 30th PGA Professional National Championship, bogeyed the fourth, 10th and 12th holes and salvaged 15 pars. He capped his round by making a three-foot par putt on the par-4 18th hole.