David Oakley, who gave up his dream of being a touring pro and regained his amateur status, led the way into the second round of the Virginia State Amateur golf championship at Washington Golf and Country Club yesterday.
The starting field of 64 was whittled to 32. There will be two 18-hole rounds today and Sunday, followed by a 36-hole final Monday.
Oakley, who plays at Westwood, had no trouble disposing of Bob Feldman of Danville, 6 and 5.
Oakley led qualifiers for the 1972 British Open at Muirfield, Scotland, and he did well in that tournament and in several other European events. But upon his return home, he decided to go into business and to reapply for amateur standing.
There were some early surprises yesterday, particularly losses suffered by Gil FitzHugh, former District Amateur champion from the host club, and Wayne Jackson of Newport News, who gained the final of the Belle Haven four-ball tournament in May with Charlie Holden.Jackson is another former pro who decided to regain his amateur standing.
Fitzhugh was upset by James Murphy of Springfield, 3 and 1. Jackson was an easier victim for Marty Alford of Norfolk, losing 5 and 4.
Another casualty was Steve Liebler of Portsmouth, the Virginia State junior champion. He was defeated by Timmy Baker of Williamsburg, 4 and 3.
Another local golfer of note, Henry Kerfoot, also of the host club, advanced to the second round by beating Randy Banks of International, 6 and 5.
None of the last three winners are competing. Skeeter Heath of Hampton, 1976 champ, has turned pro. Curtis Strange, titlist in 1974 and '75, is on the PGA tour.