The top seven finishers at the U.S. Open local qualifier at Towson (Md.) Golf and Country Club advanced to one of 13 sectional rounds to be held next month. Woodmont Country Club in Rockville will host one of the sectionals June 7, with the Open to be played June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y.
Play began Monday but heavy afternoon rain postponed the finish to yesterday.
Chris Wisler, 24, of Dover, Del., tied a course record Monday with an 8-under-par 64 and won medalist honors. Wisler made nine birdies, with his only bogey coming on the par-5 15th after he drove the ball into the water.
Also qualifying for sectionals were Shane Bertsch (Parker, Colo.) and Eric Egloff (Sandy Spring, Md.) with 67; John Elliott (Glastonbury, Conn.) and former U.S. Amateur champion Jim Driscoll (Brookline, Mass.) with 68; Zoran Zorkic (Humble, Tex.) with 69; and Paul Ogelsby (Ardmore, Pa.) with 70. Ogelsby and Jarrod Page, a high school senior at North Harford (Md.), tied for the final spot, but Ogelsby won a sudden-death playoff on the first hole.
David Quelland (Ocean Pines, Md.), Billy Hurley (Annapolis) and Danny Riskam (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) shot 71 and along with Page were selected alternates.
Ogelsby, 44, the director of instruction at famed Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia, played in the U.S. Open in 1989 and '91, missing the cut each time. He shot 70 Monday morning and had to return to the course yesterday for the playoff.
"It's neat to be there [at the U.S. Open]; it's just so difficult," said Ogelsby, who has undergone three back operations, most recently in 1997. "And that's the tournament that magnifies your mistakes. It's the hardest one out there."
-- Dave Yanovitz