Chip Sullivan of Troutville, Va., a man who has suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune with health issues of hemochromatosis and diabetes, both diagnosed in December 2006, put together a memorable final 36 holes to win the 40th PGA Professional National Championship. The 42-year-old head professional at Ashley Plantation in Daleville, Va., began strong with five front-nine birdies to build a three-stroke lead, then cruised despite two closing bogeys for a 2-under- par 70 and a four-stroke victory. He finished with a 72-hole total of 6-under par 281.

Sullivan’s victory in the showcase event for PGA Professionals made him the second Middle Atlantic PGA Section member to win this National Championship, and coincidentally, he triumphed on the same course where fellow Section member Wayne DeFrancesco of Baltimore, Md., won six years earlier.

Mike Small of Champaign, Ill., the 2005 National Champion, and tournament rookie Ryan Benzel of Bothell, Wash., who holed his approach from the 18th fairway for an eagle, shared second at 285. Small came home with a 73, and Benzel had a 75. Butch Sheehan of Rancho Mirage, Calif., who had a 71, and two-time Champion Tim Thelen of College Station, Texas, who posted a 74, shared fourth at 286. Matt Seitz of Hutchinson, Kan., who had a 72, and Don Yrene of Scottsdale, Ariz., who came in with a 74, and John O’Leary of Reston, Va., who had a 76, shared sixth at 287.