Hall is the top Mid-Amateur qualifier

August 30, 1994|By John W. Stewart

Steve Hall and Tom Winegardner, who had gone 36 holes for the men's club championship at Old South Country Club Sunday, returned to the club yesterday to go 1-2 in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur championship.

Hall, (0-2 in the past two club finals), playing in the first group, returned a 2-under-par 35-3570, beating a midday rainstorm in the process. Winegardner, winner of the past three club titles and one of a large segment of the 100 starters who played in the rain, was 2-under par through 12 holes before slipping back with 34-3973.

Reigning Middle Atlantic Amateur champion Barry McCarty, from Belle Haven CC, double-bogeyed the first hole, got back to even after eight holes and went on to finish 36-3874. With seven places available, there was a five-way playoff at 75 for the last four spots.

Adrian Druzgala of Hobbit's Glen; Robert Vallis, from the Mid-Ocean Club in Bermuda; and Eddie Walker of Chantilly National got in with pars at the first hole. Stu Strang of Argyle CC went on to outlast Dave Rasley, a former Maryland State Amateur champion and the last player to finish his regulation round, advancing with a par at the sixth extra hole.

Hall, who hit 16 greens in regulation, three-putted the first hole for bogey, then played the next 15 holes 4-under par with birdies inside of 10 feet.

This was the first Mid-Am qualifying try for Hall, 35, a one-time Maryland Amateur Stroke Play titlist. In contrast, it was McCarty's first successful bid after being a five-time Mid-Am alternate.

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