Rich Holland, 16, and Jimmy Young, 14, led the way in their age groups in the PGA-Chevrolet Junior Golf qualifying round at Montgomery Village yesterday.
Holland had an even-par 71, a stroke better than Keith Carpenter, to pace the 15-17 bracket, and Young had a 73 in the 12-14 class. Six of the older group and four of the younger golfers qualified for the sectional trials in Leesburg, Aug. 12. The national championship will be held at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Aug. 17-21.
Three of the six 15-17 qualifiers - Holland, Carpenter and Charlie Gates - play out of Columbia Country Club. Young is from Hagerstown and won his age division in the Southern Junior championship at Hilton Head, S.C., last year.
There was a three-way playoff at 75 between Johnny Miller, Jim Sutton and Bill Sargent for the one remaining spot. Miller won it with a par on the first hole when he was on in two and two-putted.
Holland was out in 34 and back in 37. He birdied the third hole, a par-five, when he was just off the fringe in two and two-putted. He put a wedge shot 20 feet from the pin on the fourth hole for another birdie and eagled the 475-yard fifth when he used a driver, a four-wood and then sunk a 50-foot putt. But he bogied the second and sixth holes when he three-putted each. He bogied the 13th when he again three-putted and also the 14th when he had bunker problems.
Young was out in 37 and back in 36. He bogied the seventh and eight holes when he three-puted but he made a 60-foot birdie putt on the ninth. He bogied the 10th with three putts and the short 13th when he put his tee shot 13th when he put his tee shot into the water. He made his final birdie on the 15th with a 15-foot putt.