The record 4,000-plus trying to qualify around the country for the June 17-20 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Calif., all are supposed to have handicaps of 2 or less, but whoa. U.S. Golf Association officials were left with doubts about one participant in the local qualifier at Hunt Valley outside Baltimore this week.

He started with a half-dozen orange balls of the same brand, but the brass caught up with him on the 19th green of the 36-hole test and found he was into another make, already. A no-no; disqualified right there. Killed his chances? Well, he'd lost the original supply in woods and water en route to a rousing first 18 of 43-over-par 115.

To the USGA his name may be mud, but Hunt Valley has him down as Sherman (Bud) Goss, V.A. Hospital golf course, Virginia. The AP said he was "from the Washington, D.C., suburbs." Let's let it go at that . . .

P.S. If you get ESPN, you can catch all four rounds of the Open live, first time ever: June 17-18 on cable, 19-20 on ABC . . .

Dennis Brant resigned as coach of George Washington U. baseball yesterday in favor of other fields, viz., the family business . . . Frank Cignetti, who battled cancer as West Virginia football coach and stayed on at the university as an administrative assistant after being replaced, has accepted the athletic directorship at his alma mater, Indiana U. of Pennsylvania. "I was taken off medication a few months ago and I jog 37 miles a week," he says.

Capital doings: WMAL's Bill Mayhugh, the golfin'est deejay and campaigner against leukemia, is roasted-toasted as humanitarian of year at RFK Stadium Club this evening . . . Naval Academy christens two new crew shells Friday, with reunion of Navy's 1952 heavyweight eight winners of Olympic gold, and the widow, 90, of Coach Rusty Callow . . . International finals of the 17th annual Bowl Your Way to Europe tournament come off Saturday, starting 9 a.m., at Brunswick River Bowl, Bethesda; 450 amateurs competing for two all-expenses-plus-$1,500 tours.

Temple U.'s president as of July 1, Peter Liacouras, says he will keep Don Casey as basketball coach for final two years of contract, scotching reports he might replace Casey with a black. Liacouras earlier noted the program losing $300,000 a year, 68 percent of its recruits not graduating, and "That is something an incoming president has to look at" . . . At Colorado, campus police probe allegations that as many as 20 Buff athletes illicitly ran up $6,000 in long-distance calls. Football Coach Chuck Fairbanks said he knew nothing of such wrongdoing as fraudulent credit-card use: "The kids were just delinquent on their bills. I had no more information than that."

In Rome, the new Athletes' Commission of the Olympics wants a life ban on competitors, doctors, coaches involved in doping; raps IOC medical authorities for sticking, if they do, to mere minimum 18-month bans . . . Houston Oilers, says Coach Ed Biles, are going to a one-back offense--Earl Campbell--so switch Tim Wilson to tight end . . . And still the Chargers seek defense, now obtaining 10-year Colt safety Bruce Laird . . .

Sugar Ray Leonard gets back on media track today, first news conference since the eye operation. Don't expect him to answer the big question.