More than one-third of the 90 qualifiers for next week's U.S. Open championship at Oakmont (Pa.) will be determined tomorrow when 150 players shoot for 34 available places at a sectional qualifier in suburban Washington.
The field will be split, and golfers will play at either Woodmont Country Club's North Course in Rockville, or Congressional Country Club's Gold Course in Bethesda. There will be both morning and afternoon tee times.
Because this sectional event follows the Kemper Open, which concludes today at TPC-Avenel in Potomac, there is an unusually large field. At least half of the golfers will be touring pros.
Among them will be two-time Kemper Open winner Bill Glasson; another former Kemper winner, Billy Andrade; former PGA champion Hal Sutton; and three others who are among the top 30 in 1994 earnings -- Bob Estes, Brad Bryant, and Brett Ogle.
Others include Donnie Hammond, the Frederick native enjoying his best season in recent years; Wayne DeFrancesco, assistant pro at Woodholme Country Club; Brett LaPierre, an assistant professional at Baltimore CC; and Adrian Druzgala, one of 11 amateurs in the field.
The annual Metropolitan tournament, sponsored by the Women's Golf Association and symbolic of the city championship, has drawn a field of 70 for tomorrow's qualifying round at Woodholme CC.
The low 16 will qualify for championship match play beginning Tuesday at Sparrows Point CC. Play Wednesday shifts to Baltimore CC, and Thursday to Maryland Golf & CC, before returning to Woodholme for championships in all flights Friday.
A final field of approximately 120, amassed through exemptions and two qualifiers, will hold on-site qualifying for a match-play field of 32 when the annual Maryland State Golf Association Amateur championship begins Thursday at Norbeck CC in Rockville.
All 32 places will be available, as the automatic exemption for the defending champion will not be used this year.
Defender Marty West III of Columbia CC, who has won eight titles in three decades, did not enter due to a conflict with his son's high school graduation.
Two rounds of match play Friday and Saturday will determine the two competitors for a scheduled 36-hole final Sunday.
Entry deadlines include Wednesday for the U.S. Juniors and June 15 for the Girls Junior. For the boys, a local qualifying round will be held June 21 at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club. The championship is due July 26-30 at Echo Lake CC, Westfield, N.J. Entries and information are available from William F. Blue (410) 347-7680. There is no qualifying for girls, and their championship is scheduled for July 11-16 in Great Falls, Mont. . . . Tony Mileo of Bowie and Bob Rash of Brandywine won a chipoff at 58, after tying with Lusby's Mike Cox-Kevin Dodson in the state's first Fantasy Golf Challenge at Twin Shields GC in Dunkirk. With the top three teams advancing (from a field of 45) to a regional event in the fall, Bill Kneessi of Huntingtown and Rex Dexter of Waldorf qualified by beating Richard Fischer-Matt Gambrill of Solomons in a chipoff after tying at 59. Area challenge information is available from (800) 890-8830.
Today--Chesapeake Cup, Caves Valley GC, 8 a.m. Tomorrow--U.S. Open qualifying, Woodmont CC; Congressional CC, 7:30 a.m.; MAPGA Pro-Assistants (Northern Chapter), Maryland Golf & CC, 8 a.m.; WGA Metropolitan tournament, Woodholme CC, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday--WGA Metropolitan, Sparrows Point CC, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday--WGA Metropolitan, Baltimore CC, 8:30 a.m.; Thursday--Maryland State Amateur, Norbeck CC, 7:30 a.m. (through Sunday); WGA Metropolitan, Maryland Golf & CC, 8:30 a.m.; Friday--MAPGA Nettie Jones Pro-Am, Hog Neck GC, 8 a.m.; WGA Metropolitan, Woodholme CC, 8:30 a.m.