Wayne DeFrancesco, a 43-year-old PGAassistant professional at Woodholme Country Club in Baltimore, Md. and someone who has survived three back operations, won the 34th PGA Professional National Championship.

DeFrancesco became the only player in the history of the National Championship to hold the lead alone all four days. His final-round even-par 72, good for a three-stroke victory at 10-under- par 278, was as much a study of his impressive week in Central Oregon, as it was a reflection of his path back to the highest levels of the game among his peers.

A field of 156 PGA Professionals representing 39 states competed at Crosswater Club, the longest layout (7,470 yards) in PGA of America history – and that also includes the PGA Championship. The field averaged 73.59 strokes on the demanding Bob Cupp-designed layout. There were challenges daily – chiefly howto judge club selection in the swirling winds.DeFrancesco,who opened the National Championship with a course-record 7-under-par 65, became the first PGA Professional National Champion from the Middle Atlantic PGA Section.