It was a productive week for Fred Gibson of Washingtonian and Clem King, new University of Virginia varsity golf coach. Both qualified for the U.S. Open sectionals and the Kemper Open.
On Monday, King eagled his 36th and final hole, the par-5 finisher at Baltimore's Chestnut Ridge, to qualify for the June 6 sectionals at Bethesda Country Club.
Tuesday at Poolesville, King made his first birdie at the 18th hole and then sank a long birdie putt on the first hole of a six-man playoff to gain the Kemper spot.
King, 24, will be head pro at Virginia's new course, which opens this fall.
Gibson has qualified for the Kemper all four years it has been at Congressional.
In an outing last week, a new automobile was the prize for scoring a hole in one on Brooke Manor's 13th hole. Nobody aced it, but a woman affiliated with the tournament reached into the car parked next to the 13th tee and accidently set it in motion by taking it out of gear. The car rolled into the lake in front of the tee and submerged. A tractor pulled it out. No word from VOB Datsun on whether the contest will be run again next year . . . Despite playing with a fractured right hand since early April, American University senior Regan O'Rourke has been selected for the second straight year to compete in the NCAA Division I tournament at San Joaquin Country Club in Fresno, Calif., June 8-11. O'Rourke, of Potomac, fractured his hand in a fall, and did not play for about two weeks. He has since played with his hand taped. He was medalist in the NCAA Eastern Regionals and teamed with classmate Wade Heintzelman to reach the finals of the Belle Haven Four Ball . . . Tuesday at Poolesville will be the last chance for local players to gain the Kemper field. Eighty amateurs and pros, at $100 per entry, will shoot for four qualifying spots. Local Kemper golfers so far are pros Lee Elder, Gary Marlowe, Mike Wynn, Rick Hughes, Mark Guttenbereg, Gibson and King and amateur Marty West . . . The Harden and Weaver Golf and Tennis Tournament will be June 8-10 at Montgomery Village. A place in the golf field may be secured by donating $175 to Children's Hospital . . . Two-time defending champion Dave King is entered in the Washington Area Amateur Champions, June 10-12. The tournament has been moved from Marlboro to Newbridge . . . Rookie PGA Tour pro Donnie Hammond, formerly of Frederick and now living in Longwood, Fla., will join pro Rick Krebs at the Frederick VFW course for a free golf clinic, Wednesday at 6 p.m.