Henri DeLozier and Marty West of Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md., and Wayne DeFrancesco of Rockville, Md., survived yesterday's second round of the U.S. Amateur golf championships.
Two other Columbia players - veteran Perky Cullinane and Tony Ciconte - lost, and Howard Jones of Columbia, Md., was beaten on the first extra hole by Jeffrey Johnson of Mansfield, Ohio.
Cullinane three-putted the final green from 12 feet and was eliminated by William Buttner of Plymouth, Mass., 1 up. "I'm going to drive my car through that bay window," he joked after the excruciating loss.
Ciconte, unnerved by losing a ball on the 13th, lost that hole and the next three and was sidelined, 4 and 2, by blond bomber Hal Sutton of Shreveport. La.
West, in his eighth Amateur, scored five birdies in turning back Chris Gutilla of Fresno, Calif., 4 and 3.
"I had trouble concentrating," said West, a former Walker Cup player. "I feel happy to have gotten by," he said of the strange match that had only three halved holes.
West won four straight holes on the front nine for a 3-up lead and was never threatened. He holed a 30-foot downhill birdie putt on the 15th to wrap up the match.
Lawyer deLoier, who won the Washington-area qualifying medal for this event, put on a mean face and bounced Jon Chaffee of Austin, Minn., 5 and 4.
DeLozier said he was inspired by a passage he read in the morning newspaper quoting veteran Dale Morey (who also won) that said, "You have to not want to lose in order to win."
"I got so psyched I didn't know where I was," said deLozier.
He won the first hole with birdie, five and six with pars, and went 4 up on eight with birdie after reaching the green with two Herculean blasts against the wind.
He went 5 up at 10 and did not lose a hole until he made his first bogey at the 12th.
"I decided I was going to play today," he added.
DeFrancesco defeated Marlin Detweiler of Pinehurst, N.C., 3 and 1, holing a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole.
DeFrancesco, District of Columbia Amateur champ and junior-to-be at Louisiana State, hit all but two greens on this exacting layout. Detweiler was constantly in heavy USGA rough and trees with errant tee shots. DeFrancesco was even par.