Area golfers competing in the U.S. Open qualifier at Westminster's Wakefield Valley course today will need heart as well as a good swing.
To gain entry into this year's U.S. Open Championship in Caska, Minn., contestants must advance through two stages of qualifying, keep their games under control for 72 holes and face the challenge of 6,063 opponents.
Even the local qualifying stage today can be a demanding hurdle. At Wakefield Valley, 73 competitors are vying for six qualifying berths. In the field are 19 amateurs and 54 professionals.
Those fortunate enough to make the grade must then tee up on June 3 at Rockville's Woodmont CC for Stage II of the qualifying -- the sectional trials. This latter gathering brings together all local winners. Play at Wakefield will be over 36 holes. What could be even more discouraging is that the sectional includes most of the leading players who compete the preceding day in the Kemper Open at Avenel.
Already among those assigned to play at Woodmont are PGA regulars Ben Crenshaw and Isao Aoki.
Elsewhere in area golf: Crofton -- Jerry Iorizzo won the Club Championship, scoring 76-78--154. Other leaders were Buddy Peoples 76-80--156, Jim Renner 80-77--157 and Gary Moore 79-78--157.
* Chartwell -- Marion Ploussard, a representative of the 13th flight, was overall winner of the Spring Handicap. Ploussard won the title, defeating 15 flight winners in a shootout. Other competing flight winners were Dan Schweitzer, Leo Smith, Ron Schack, Mike Cushner, Charles Skipper, John A. Underwood, Ryun Kim, Al Gast, Paul Latta, Jim Uhles, Charles Snyder, Brady Smith and Barry Root.
* Suburban -- Len and Jeane Rapoport captured the Executive Cup, scoring a net 59 in a mixed scramble format. Second place with net 60 was shared by the teams of Bernie and Dean Sevel and Ed and Debbie Weiner. Low gross went to Scott Pugatch and Sharon Pusin, scoring 64.
* Piney Branch -- The combination of Bill Stricker and Bob Harry scored a winning 128 in the two-man team competition. A stroke behind were the teams of Bill Moore and Ray Shaffer and Bob Powless and Bob Rosenberger. Low gross went to George Knouse and John Nesbitt, carding 143. Low round of the two-day event was a 66 by Don and Russ Wenderoth.
* Chestnut Ridge -- Co-winners of the Skins tournament included the foursomes of Bill Nicholson, Barry Jurists, Robert Sachs and Jerry Hoffman and Malcolm Schlossberg, Scott Edwards, Rick Chase and Marvin Abrams.
* Bay Hills -- Ken and Marie Johnson won low gross in the mixed two-ball tourney, scoring 77. They were followed by Bob and Shirley Munson with an 80 and George and Pat Brooks at 81. Low net leaders were Ham and Fran Nunnally 62, John and Liz Ruark 64 and George and Marie Powell 66.
* Forest Park -- Charles Narciso snapped the jinx of Louis Wright, winning the club's Spring Championship with a 36-hole 150 total. Wright, who won the event the last two years, closed in second place this time with 151. Howard Williams was third at 153.
Divisional flight winners were: (A)-Vernon Bailey 157, Billy Muse 160, Mickey Williams 166 and Jim Davis 166; (B)-Bill Stout 171, Mike Bomhoss 172 and John Williams 173; (C)-Len Miller 184, Al Parker 186, John Bollin 189.
* Worthington -- Moon Mullins closed out one of the Spring Handicap flights, defeating Ron Fouse 2 up. Acemakers at the course were Cindy Gower on the fourth hole and Tom Sheehan on the 12th.
* Rolling Road -- In the President's Cup matches Mike Dooley and Steve Fisher defeated Don Davis and Bob Cohill, Pat Farrell and Harry Fumea defeated Earl Seth and Bob Fianda, Bob Slaght and Jim Harrington defeated Rick Kuhn and Leon Lineburg and Chuck Sterner and Walter Hart defeated Art Martin and Vince Sullivan.
Low net in the mixed nine-hole tourney went to Karen Packo and George Easley with 42-13--29. Low gross was won by Jean Barnes and Carl Sprinkel with 40. Leroy Merritt scored a hole-in-one on the 10th hole.
* Mount Pleasant -- Bill Welsh carded a net 68 to win the A flight of the Spring Handicap. Warren Mickey was second with 69. Other divisional leaders were (B)-Brian McTaggart 68, Joe Kosojet 69; (C)-Chester Noreika 67, Fritz Lahner 68; (D)-Kevin Donohue 68, Gerard Wheeler 69.
B6 * Md. Golf -- Leading foursomes in team play were:
114-Roger Clark, Jim Anderson, Joe Hinder and John Faber; 114-Mike Brockmeyer, Brian Burr, Neil Behan and Robert Smith.
* C.C. of Md. -- Jerry Phipps eliminated medalist Paul Curreri in the Spring Handicap. In the semifinals, Phipps meets Doug Heisey and Alan Anthony faces Robert Jones.
* Hunt Valley -- Holes-in-one were recorded by Ross Bell, Corey Perman, Amelia Pierson, George Sonnefeld and Scott Bertozzi.
* Wakefield -- Martin Saia and George Bryan won the two-man team event, scoring 146. John Brandenburg and Greg Merson were second with 150. Winning flight teams were Bob Blubaugh Sr. and Jr. with 151, Bill Isenberg and Gary Chick 159, Dale Fletcher and Milton Zepp 163 and Bruce Coyle and Mike Holland 174.
* Baltimore CC -- Jan and Barbie Miller carded a 70 on the East course to sweep low gross honors in the mixed two-ball tourney. Another leading gross score was 81 by Jim and Carroll Knott. Low net winners included Pat and Nancy O'Malley 65, Woody and Lucey Preston 66, Page and Virginia West 66 and Bill and Diane Heatherington 67.
* Sparrows Point -- Two teams shared top awards in the mixed two-ball competition. The groups scoring net 67s were made up of the foursome of Teresa Peterka, Don Edwards, Barry Eckman and Val Orr and the threesome of Paul Paultorma, Phil Horak and Ruth Fiorenza.
* Elkridge -- Charles Albert Sr. and Jr. won the Father-Son tournament, carding 92-25--67. They were followed by Earl and Brandon Linehan 87-18--69, Bob Swindell Sr. and Jr. 88-19--69 and Lee and Chip Woody 85-16--69.