Former winner Hank Miracle of Andrews Air Force Base and Ed Heimann of Cincinnati shot better-ball 66 and earned a tie for the medal as qualifying for this weekend's Belle Haven Four Ball golf tournament concluded yesterday.
Miracle teamed with Rudy Speiers to beat Ralph Bogart and Bob Brownell in the final in 1964.
Miracle, 49, an Air Force band supply sergeant, and Heimann, a clothing salesman, are trying to break the hammerlock that collegians have had on this tournament. College teams have won the championship the last five years.
The six-under-par score equaled that of University of Maryland player Steve Smith and Montclair Country Club's Phil Pizzoferrate on Thursday, when 62 teams competed. Yesterday, another 68 teams attempted to make the four flights.
Miracle had three birdies, all on the front nine. Heimann, from Coldstream Country Club in Cincinnati, birdied the ninth hole and added three on the back nine.their chances of winning the medal outright were dampened when Miracle three-putted the 14th hole for their only bogey, and left a 20-foot birdie putt a foot short on 17.
Safely in the championship flight at 69 were former U.S. and British Amateur titlist Vinny Giles and Dave Wysong, and former Virginia amateur champions Sam Wallace and son Sam Jr.
Neff McClary eagled the first hole for the second time of the day to secure a playoff spot for himself and Wilson Dickerson. Seven teams at 70 played off for three spots.
Fred Von Bargen and Walker Cup player Marty West of Columbia missed the championship flight with 73.
Defending champions Steve Fellinger and Mike Richter of the University of Maryland were automatic qualifiers for match play, which begins this morning.