George Jackson, former member of host Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and now a three-handicapped from Baltimore Country Club, bogeyed the first hole and then collected four birdies for 71 to win the medal in qualifying for the 60th Maryland State Golf Association Amateur tournament today.
Jackson, a real estate salesman who was runner-up in his club championship the last two years, birdied Nos. 10, 14, 16 and 18.
Middle Atlantic Open champion Paul Ryan of Congressional eagled the 16th hole with a driver, a three-wood and a five-putt and finished at even-par 72 with Dan Kardash of Baltimore Country Club and Mike Reitz of Hunt Valley.
Marty West of Columbia Country Club, seeking his third straight Maryland Amateur title and fifth overall, was an automatic qualifier for match play. It starts Friday over this tight course. Its only par-4 measures more than 400 yards, but is described by many as "sneaky long."
West played a practice round "in the mid 70s" and immediately retired to the practice putting green.
Deft putting and accurate tee shots will be at a premium at Green Spring Valley. Ryan used his driver only seven times. West said he will probably go to more long irons off the tee to avoid frequent out of bounds and water hazards. The greens are tiny, undulating and fast.
"It's a nerve-racking course," said Ben Brundred III, one of 11 players from Congressional, who qualified with a 74. Brundred, loser in a 41-hole marathon match with Gary Mankulish in this event several years ago, hooked his tee shot and three-putted the par-3 first hole for double bogey. He played the last 17 holes in even par.
George Connelly of Swan Creek, Ken O'Dea of Piney Branch and Greg Tilton of Montgomery Village survived an 11-man playoff among golfers who shot 79 for the final three spots.