Ron Philo Jr. of Westchester, N.Y., performed as if inspired by the legacy of his father, Ron Sr., who won a championship 27 years earlier and some 10 miles east of Atunyote Golf Club. Ron Jr., ignited by a hole-in-one in the final round, went on to win a three-hole playoff, needing just a bogey on the third extra hole to defeat Alan Schulte of Fishers, Ind., and capture the 40th PGA Professional National Championship.

Philo set the stage for a wild finish when he recorded the third hole-in-one of his career, holing out a 4-iron on the 199-yard third hole, then justmissed awinning birdie putt on the 18th green to finish regulation play with a 4-under-par 68. The timely ace is believed to be the first by a PGA Professional National Champion in the final round.

Schulte, who ended with a 71, and a matching 10-under-par 278, hit his tee shot on the 11th hole into a water hazard, and after a penalty drop, could not get up and down for bogey to extend the playoff.

The victory made Philo the fifth Metropolitan PGA Section member to capture the National Championship. Lee Rinker, of Jupiter, Fla., finished third at 280, after a 70. Defending champion Mike Small, of Champaign, Ill., the head golf coach at the University of Illinois, finished in fourth place at 281, after a 74. Small held the lead through six holes, before an untimely double bogey-bogey collapse on the seventh and eighth holes. Chris Starkjohann, of Cardiff by the Sea, Calif., finished fifth at 282, after a 72.