Tallent's two 71s earn medal in Amateur sectional qualifying

August 10, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Pat Tallent, one of the area's best ball-strikers, shot a pair of 1-under-par 71s and earned the medal in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Amateur championship at Wakefield Valley Country Club yesterday.

With 70 starters playing for four available places in the championship, Aug. 24-29 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Tallent was joined by Brian Slevin (143) of Arnold; John McClure (143) of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Justin Klein (145) of Phoenix, Md., and Baltimore CC.

The 142 total sent Tallent, of Congressional CC, to the championship for the third straight year. In his past two, he qualified for match play, then lost in the first round.

The Vienna, Va., resident hit 16 greens in each round, and the key to his afternoon tour was birdies at three of the par-5 holes.

Slevin, 22, with two years of eligibility remaining at the University of Georgia, had a share of the low morning score with 69, then got home with 74 in the afternoon, admitting his energy tank was running low on the hilly, 6.900-yard Carroll County course.

The morning tour included five birdies -- all from long range -- as he reached 16 greens in regulation. "I've played maybe nine holes this summer while taking some time off," Slevin said, then added about his afternoon round: "I'm out of shape, and was just trying to finish as best I could."

Klein, headed for his sophomore year at Duke University after his Amateur appearance, opened with 70, then dug a hole for himself by starting double bogey, double bogey in the afternoon. From there, he played the last 16 holes 1-under par. The feature of his day was playing the five par-5 holes in 6-under.

McClure, 34, who works in real estate, chose to try to qualify

here after competing in the 54-hole Hugh Wilson tournament at Merion GC in Ardmore, Pa. He finished third behind Danny Yates and Buddy Marucci over the weekend.

After a par-matching round of 72 in the morning, he bogeyed two of the first four holes in the afternoon, was 1-over at the turn, then parred around to the 500-yard 14th, where he hit driver, 3-wood to eight feet and made the eagle putt. "That made the round for me," he said, looking forward to his third Amateur.

Mike Larson, of Grasonville, highlighted his 76-76152 day with the first hole-in-one of career, sinking a 180-yard 6-iron shot at No. 17.

Qualifiers: Pat Tallent, 71-71142; John McClure, 72-71143; Brian Slevin, 69-74143; Justin Klein, 70-75145. Alternates: Drew DeVan, 74-73147; Mitch Wyatt, 72-75147; James Winner, 70-78148; Tim Dilli, 77-71148.

Other scorers included: Mike Panos, 69-80149; Terry Mayer, 75-74149; Mike Sanger 73-77150; Mike Gillis 78-73151; Wesley Bickham 74-77151; Robert Bramson 76-76152; Mike Benner 72-80152; Steve Sutton 78-74152; Mike Larson, 76-76152; Mark Kuhn, 78-75153; Mike Myers, 76-77153; Greg Henry, 75-79154; Mike Hartman, 78-77155; Sheldon Kalish, 81-75156.

Rums of Puerto Rico

Assistant professional Don Kramer, a last-minute substitute for his ailing boss, Thomas Henderson, led a Chesapeake Hills Country Club entry to first place in qualifying for the Rums of Puerto Rico National Pro-Am at Hunt Valley Golf Club. With 27 teams in the field, the Lusby club leaders in the two net best balls format finished at 23-under-par 121.

Mike Ahrnsbrak shot 4-under on his own ball in helping his Shenandoah Valley CC team to second place at 124.

It marked the first time Kramer had tried the event, and the first time Ahrnsbrak had qualified. Joining Kramer were A player Bob Hagen, B player James Kunkle, and C player Jonathan Groom, a 17 handicapper who had a gross 83.

The leaders, with teams consisting of a pro, and one A (handicap under index 9.9); one B (10-14.9), and one C (15-20) player: Chesapeake Hills (Don Kramer, Bob Hagen, James Kunkle, Jonathan Groom), 121; Shenandoah Valley (Mike Ahrnsbrak, Ernie Mannino, Steve Denny, Bob Frullar), 124; Willow Oaks CC (Chuck Bassler, Greg Glidewell, Roscoe McGhee, Tom Cook), 125. The other qualifiers were Willow Oaks CC (pro Myers Coggin), 125; CC Woodmore (pro Steve Cramer), 126; Hunt Valley GC (Ty Mayers, Mike Shaver, Jim Van Horn, Bert Peverley), 126; Westwood CC (Mike Fischer), 126.

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