University of Maryland player Steve Smith holed a sand wedge for an eagle 2, made four birdies and teamed with Phil Pizzoferrato of Montclair for better-ball 66 to lead first-day qualifying for the Belle Haven Four Ball tournament yesterday.
"I felt like Ron Franklin riding Spectacular Bid out there," said golf equipment salesman Pizzoferrato. "I was just along for the ride. Both Steve and his brother, Eric (No. 1 player for Maryland), are animals off the tee."
Smith, who made the field when Pizzoferrato's regular partner, Jim Foley, canceled because of a death in his family, made 2 on the par-4 368-yard 15th hole. After a long drive, Smith's wedge second shot found the cup.
"I didn't think I hit that good a shot," Smith said. "It hit the green in front and took a big bounce and just kept on rolling."
Smith, of Martinsville, Va., birdied four front-nine holes. Five under par through seven holes, the two bogeyed eight and nine. Pizzoferrato birdied holes four and 13.
The Harmon twins, Richard and Peter, of American University, shot 67. Peter, Woodlawn Country Club champion, carried the load with five birdies.
Bob Hawkins shot 68 on his own ball and was not helped by fellow Pinecrest player John Spalding.
Sixty-two teams played yesterday. Another 68, including former U.S. Amateur champion Vinne Giles and tournament chairman Dave Wysong, will play today. Exempt defending champions Steve Fellinger and Mike Richter of the University of Maryland, plus the 15 other low teams, will make up the championship flight, which will begin match up Saturday.