Eaks, Johnson qualify for Constellation

Golf

September 28, 2004|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

R.W. Eaks had more trouble getting to the first tee than he did with the Wakefield Valley Golf Club course in Westminster yesterday.

Eaks shot 5-under-par 32-35-67, and claimed one of two available places in this week's Constellation Energy Champions Tour event at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley.

Mark Johnson, who birdied four of the first five holes, earned the other one during a qualifying round with a win on the first playoff hole, after he and Donald Reese had tied at 69.

Eaks, already the first alternate without playing, decided to play with the hope of getting one of the spots without waiting on standby.

He showed up for his tee time more than an hour ahead of time, then had the misfortune to lock keys, shoes and clubs in his rental car. It took about an hour before someone could be found to open it.

Eaks, on and off the regular PGA Tour since 1980 until turning 50 two years ago and moving to the Champions circuit, hit the first tee with no warm-up shots.

At a glance

What: Champions Tour Constellation Energy Classic

Site: Hayfields Country Club, Hunt Valley

When: Friday-Sunday

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