It was a calvary charge of 160 golfers hoping for one of four spots at stake in the Kemper Open, and amateur Richard Holland of Washington led the charge at Montgomery Country Club with a bogey-free, four-under-par 69.
Qualifying with him yesterday for the $1 million PGA Tour event that starts next Thursday at TPC at Avenel in Potomac were Jon Hurst, a senior at Old Dominion University and former Washington area junior of the year; Olin Browne, a former St. Albans player now out of Jupiter, Fla.;, and Ben Sauls of Elkins Park, Pa. Each birdied the first extra hole and survived a five-way playoff among players who shot 70.
Daron Woodley of Arlington, teaching professional at East Potomac, and pro Mark Trauner of White Plains, N.Y, were the playoff losers.
"That's the number I wanted to shoot," said Holland, 29, a mortgage banker who plays out of Columbia Country Club. "I'm happy with it. It was the perfect round. I had a number I was shooting for and I did it."
Holland, who said he has wanted to play in a PGA Tour event, added, "You think about it, you fantasize about it, but then you say that's not reality."
But, by the day's end, those dreams had taken a very real form. "Psychologically, there's so much pressure," Holland said. "I said to myself on the first hole, 'I'm four over par. I've got to get to even par.' Psychologically it helped. I tried to remain calm."
And he did, calmly making five threes on his opening nine holes (he started on No. 10) for a 33 on his outward half of the round.
"The putting really kept me in it," said Holland, who won the 1988 Washington Metropolitan Men's Amateur. "Every round this year I've been one or two over par."
On the par-5 playoff hole, Browne was to the left of the green in two shots and chipped to 10 feet. Hurst, who plays No. 1 at ODU, drove into the left rough but hit a long-iron second shot that found an opening just in front of the green. He chipped to within seven feet. Sauls landed a 70-yard wedge shot four feet above the hole.