Sixty golfers, many of whom competed in the Kemper Open, are entered in 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifying today at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington.
Seventeen spots are available for the 54 pros and six amateurs. The U.S. Open will be held June 12-15 at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y.
Among PGA Tour pros entered in the qualifying are Mike Reid, Donnie Hammond, Bobby Wadkins, Bob Murphy, Pat McGowan, Ronnie Black, Joe Inman, Clarence Rose, Jim Simons and Dan Halldorson.
Area players include Tony DeLuca, Gary Marlowe, Glen Barrett, Fred Funk, Butch Butler, Greg Carpousis, John Haddock, Webb Heintzelman, Al Morton, Joe Max, Rick Touma, Rick Schuller and Mark Spolarich. There will be no admission charge at the qualifying.
Hammond, a former Frederick golfer, made four birdies yesterday and finished at 70-284 to increase his yearly earnings $11,500 to $180,183. A fourth-year pro, he started Saturday's third round two shots out of the lead, but fell back after making a double bogey and three bogeys on the back nine for 75.
"I feel like it has been a pretty good week," said Hammond, who with expectant wife Kathy just moved from Daytona Beach, Fla., into a new house in Orlando, Fla.
The Kemper's last hurrah at Congressional set single-day and week-long attendance records. The seventh Kemper drew 132,000; last year's record was 106,000. Yesterday's crowd of 38,000 topped the previous best of last year by 4,000.