Marty West and Gill FitzHugh won the Belle Haven Four Ball qualifying medal yesterday in a-match-of-cards tie breaker over brothers Steve and Charlie Hall after both teams shot six-under-par 66.
The Halls opened identically with West-FitzHugh's birdie-par-birdie-par, but on the fifth hole, West-FitzHugh birdied and the Halls parred, thus making the Halls the losers.
West, seven-time Maryland Amateur champion from Rockville and Columbia Country Club, made six birdies.
Tied for third at 67 were Allan Strange of Richmond and Jordan Ball of Belle Haven, and Gray Tuttle of Albemarle, N.C., and George Andre of Belle Haven.
Strange is the twin brother of Curtis Strange, the leading money winner on the PGA Tour. Allan did a good imitation of Curtis when he eagled the par-5 first hole on a three-wood second shot to the green and a 15-foot putt.
West, who won this tournament in 1972 with Bill Mallon as partner, said: "I seem to always struggle on these greens," He didn't yesterday, as he rolled in putts of 1, 10, 5, 8, 13 and 14 feet. FitzHugh, of Army Navy, made his only birdie with a 25-foot putt at the 16th hole. Charlie Hall, 28, made four of six birdies for his Tantallon team in a bogeyless round.
Strange, 30, born "four minutes earlier" than his more famous brother, is a stockbroker and plays out of Richmond's Hermitage Country Club. Allan regained his amateur status after being pro from 1977-1981. "The last time I saw this course was when I was 13 years old and playing in the Virginia Junior," Strange said. "Curtis shot 35 on the back nine and beat me on the third hole of a playoff. He was lucky to beat me."
Tuttle made four of Tuttle-Andre's five birdies. Andre, a commercial airline pilot, had 15-foot birdie opportunities to tie the leaders on his final three holes, but missed each.
Bob Harwick and Wayne McGowan of Chantilly were Thursday's coleaders at 68 with Dick Bowen of Evergreen and Ralph Boccarosse of Hidden Creek. Equaling them yesterday were two-time champions Buddy Peoples and Butch Mielke; Perky Cullinane-Buddy Marrucci; Charles Brown-Tim Vigotsky, Jim Castagna-Mike Toomey, and Mike Paxon-John Broach.
Defending champions Neff McClary of Fairfax and Wilson Dickerson of Alta Vista, Va., will join the 15 lowest teams in match play in the championship flight, starting this morning.