LAYTONSVILLE -- Mike McGinnis was not going to try to qualify for the Kemper Open at first, but a change of mind -- and a 4-under-par 69 at Montgomery Country Club yesterday -- have the head professional at Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville ready for his first trip to the PGA Tour event at TPC-Avenel in Potomac next week.
McGinnis, who had 15 birdies in posting two tournament victories last week, did not let up for the qualifying round, although he switched putters. He wound up with five birdies and a bogey in putting up 35-3469 against a par of 37-3673 for the 6,661-yard course.
Qualifiers: Mike McGinnis, Holly Hills, 35-3469; Mac Main Jr., Fauquier Springs, 36-3571; Bruce Lehnhard, Lake of the Woods, 36-3672 (eagle); Bud Lintelman, Hidden Creek, 35-3772 (birdie). Alternates (in order): Dave Quelland, Ocean City, 37-3572 (par-birdie); Jack Snyder, Lake Monticello, 39-3372 (par-par). Playoff losers: Paul Gooden, CC Staunton, 36-3672 (bogey); Glen Miller, Fort Washington, 37-3572 (double-bogey).
Other non-qualifiers included: Jim Fitzgerald, Chevy Chase, 37-3673; Al Green, Lake Arbor, 37-3673; Jeff Sawyer, Lakewood, 36-3773; Mark Spolarich, Crofton, 36-3773; Fran Rhoads, Holly Hills, 37-3673. Phil Henry, Hillendale, 38-36, and John McNaney, Country Road, 37-37, were among six players at 74.