Mike Burke Jr., of Towaco, N.J., turned in a near-flawless performance on the slick greens of The Centennial Course, posting a final round 2-under-par 70 to win the 31st PGA Professional National Championship at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort & Country Club . Burke, 41, PGA head professional at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J., sealed his victory with birdies on the 12th, 16th and 17th holes. Burke’s 72-hole total of 7-under-par 281 earned him a three stroke victory over Bob Gaus, of St. Louis, Mo. Burke won a record first place prize of $40,000 from a purse of $300,000 and became the second New Jersey Section PGA Professional to win the PGA Professional National Championship. Howell Fraser, formerly of West Caldwell, N.J., won the inaugural National Championship in 1968. Jay Overton, of Palm Harbor, Fla., who shared runner-up honors with Burke in 1997, and 1992 Champion Ron McDougal, of Purchase, N.Y., tied for third at 285.