Mike Small of Champaign, Ill., head men’s coach at the University of Illinois, withstood the trademark gusts at The Ocean Course, a Pete Dye-a-bolical layout, and a one day rain delay to win his first National Championship. He closed with a 3-under- par 69 for a winning total of 1-overpar 289, the highest winning total in Championship history. A runner-up a year earlier, Small edged Travis Long of Henderson, Nev., who finished two strokes back after a 71. Long led Small by a stroke after cruising to 5-under par through 11 holes. But his chance to overtake Small faded away on the back nine with a pair of bogeys, capped by a double-bogey when his 7-iron tee shot found the water on the 17th hole. Scott Spence of Shorewood, Minn., the third-round leader, struggled home with a 75 to finish third at 293. Darrell Kestner, the 1996 PGA Professional National Champion from Glen Cove, N.Y., was fourth at 294 after a 70. Suzy Whaley of Farmington, Conn., the lone woman professional in the field and the first to make the cut in National Championship history, finished tied for 64th with a 78.