Amateur Brad Pritchard of Congressional and Al Green, a veteran Washington pro who is unattached, led the local U.S. Open qualifiers in a 36-hole, rain-soaked test yesterday at Crofton and Andrews Air Force Base with 145 totals.
The sectional trials will be held at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington June 9 and the Open at Ardmore, Pa., June 18-21.
Par is 72 at both qualifying courses.
Players had some difficulty making the long trek between the two courses when they switched spots after the morning round. One player, George Watkins of Langston, went to the wrong course, Crofton, for his morning round and was disqualified for arriving too late to tee off at Andrews.
Eight players who totaled 148 or under after playing a round on each course managed to qualify, but four players at 149 had to play off for the two remaining places. Wayne DeFrancesco and Glenn Barrett won the final two spots.
Gary Moore of Prince Georges, who failed to qualify with 149, and Congressional's Wheeler Stewart were sorry the playoff wasn't at Andrews.
Moore scored 73 on his morning round at Andrews, including a hole in one on the 194-yard 13th, where he used a three-iron, and an eagle on the par-5 18th, where he holed a 15-foot chip shot. Moore, who has been a pro, is reverting to amateur status, which he will get back on Oct. 10.
Glen Miller of Chantilly had a 69 for the lowest round of the day at Crofton. But he faltered to 79 at Andrews and barely made the qualifying list.
Conversely, Green shot a 79 at Crofton and then came back with a six-under-par 66 at Andrews to tie Pritchard for the medal.
The playoff had to wait for DeFrancesco to hustle over from Andrews, and by the time he got to Crofton it was almost dark. It was also raining hard, but DeFrancesco and Barrett managed to score pars on the first hole to qualify. Stewart and Moore both had bogeys.
The seven Baltimore-area qualifiers at Woodholme were Greg Farrow, Glassboro, N.J., 76-70 -- 146; Mark Lawrence, Richmond, 71-75 -- 146; Mark Alwin, Woodholme, 75-72 -- 147; Gary Lipski, Cockeysville, Md., 78-71 -- 149; Bob Bilbo, Germantown, 76-74 -- 150; Tony Jackson, Rutherfordton, N.C., 75-75 -- 150; Barry Fuhrman, Woodholme, 75-75 -- 150.