Donnie Hammond, a former Frederick pro, overcame midround dizzy spells and crept into contention with a second-round 68 for 139, two strokes behind leader Charlie Bolling yesterday in the Kemper Open at Congressional. Hammond made four birdies, then lagged a 50-foot putt within one foot of the hole on the last green.
"I hit the ball about as well as I could," he said. "But I felt about as bad as I could feel. I got overheated on the 10th green. I was dizzy. It lasted for about a hole and half. I cooled off with some water."
He scored his first PGA Tour victory and won $108,000 in January's Bob Hope Classic. He was one shot out of the lead going into the final round of the Masters before he tied for 11th and won almost $17,000. He stands 16th on the earnings list with $168,683.
All Washington area golfers missed the midway cut of 146. They were: Gary Marlowe, 74-149; amateur Marty West, Columbia, 75-151; Woody FitzHugh, Great Falls, Va., 78-151; David Jimenez, Wintergreen, 76-158; Pete Malphrus, Montgomery Village, 82-160; Coleman Plecker, Manor 78-161; amateur Brian Lehnhard, Lake of the Woods, 79-163, and Denny Dennis, Congressional, 82-169. Fred Funk of the University of Maryland was disqualified for failing to sign his scorecard after shooting 72 -- 149.
Bill Black, manager of greens and grounds, said the course has never been in better condition.
"We have a fair rough out there," he said. "Not real severe. The fairways are cut down short so the pros can put spin on the ball. The greens will be picking up speed as the week goes on. We're going to speed them up. The pros like to have a real good, fast green. We'll drop the mower a sixty-fourth of an inch and make the greens one-eighth of an inch long."
Kent Cayce, 42, the third-year head pro at Congressional, works 14-hour days during Kemper week.
He is doing everything, from giving defending champion Bill Glasson swing pointers, to running souvenir stands and the driving range (where he supplies the pros with their favorite type of balata golf ball). He also oversees the caddie room and tends to countless other demands.