David Jimenez, former assistant professional at Woodmont, shot a two-under-par 70 on Washingtonian's motel course in his afternoon round for a 36-hole total of 143 to lead nine golfers in U.S. Open local qualifying yesterday.
Jimenez, of Wintergreen resort in downstate Virginia, played the Woodmont North course in the morning round and shot 73.
Then he hopped in his car and drove five miles north and played Washingtonian in two under par.
The nine low scorers of yesterday's starting field of 84 gained the U.S. Open sectionals to be played June 6 at Bethesda Country Club. The sectional survivors will earn berths in the U.S. Open, to be played for the sixth time at Oakmont, near Pittsburgh, June 16-19.
Several players voiced their displeasure at what they said were poor conditions at Washingtonian's motel course.
"The greens were pitiful and the fairways were like rough," said Brad Pritchard of Congressional, who managed an even-par 72 at Washingtonian and qualified, tied for fifth, with Skeeter Heath of Williamsburg at 146.
Nevertheless, all were subject to the same conditions. Amateur Charles Taylor of Richmond matched Jimenez's fine round at Washingtonian and finished tied for second at 144 with Chevy Chase assistant pro Mark Helffrich.
Fred Gibson played his home Washingtonian course in 71 in the morning, shot 74 at Woodmont in the afternoon and finished fourth at 145.
Amateur Marty West of Columbia made a 20-foot birdie on his final hole of the day, the par-4 18th at Woodmont, and qualified at 147 with University of Maryland golf Coach Fred Funk.