Former pro Randy Morris of Washingtonian made six birdies and teamed with Brian Willard of Congressional for seven-under-par 65 to win the medal in qualifying for the 33rd annual Belle Haven Four Ball golf championship yesterday.
"We made five pars and everything else began with a B," said Willard -- B as in bogey, of which they had three, and B as in birdie, of which they amassed 10, with no overlap on any hole in the best-ball event.
That round eclipsed a 68 shot early in the day by former U.S. amateur champion Vinnie Giles of Richmond and Dave Wysong of Belle Haven, and a later 68 by Butch Mielke of Wicomico and Buddy Peoples of Crofton.
Morris, playing in his second amateur tournament since he regained that status last year after 12 years as a pro, sent the team four under par with birdies at Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 6.
The turning point came after both bogeyed holes 7, 9 and 10, according to Morris. Just one under par at that point and still concerned about qualifying, Willard holed a bunker shot for a birdie at the 11th hole, and added another birdie at 12.
Morris birdied 13 and 15 and then Willard, seven-time club champion at Argyle, sank putts of 20 feet and 10 feet on holes 16 and 18 to complete a torrid back nine of 31 strokes.