Vinny Giles and Dave Wysong carded 68, as did Eric Smith and Mike Richter, and both teams equalled the four-under-par score posted by Thursday leaders Ron Rhodes and Dick Schmidt to create a three-way tie for medalist honors in Belle Haven Four Ball golf qualifying yesterday.
Giles, former U.S. and British amateur champion from Richmond, collected five birdies for 70 on his own ball.
"I provide good moral support," said partner Dave Wysong of host Belle Haven. "I buy the beer."
Wysong did help with one birdie and saved another hole with a five-foot par putt. Giles and Wysong lost in the finals last year to Bethesda's Matt Sughrue and Eddy Offerdinger, who were automatic qualifiers.
University of Maryland Seniors Smith and Richter shot the front nine in 33, with Smith recording birdies at holes one, four and six.
Richter, who won here two years ago with the late Steve Fellinger, kept up his end by chiping in for par to avert disaster on the fifth hole and scoring two back-nine birdies.
Failing to make the championship flight were three former champions, Mary West of Columbia, Hank Miracle of Andrews and Brooks Bolte of Country Club of Maryland.
West-Bobby Morris, Miracle-Ed Heimann and Bolte-Butch Clemmens all shot 72 and were relegated to the first flight. Two rounds of match play are slated for both today and Sunday.