The 2009 Maryland Open champion, who once before played in the U.S. Amateur, suffered a double bogey on the 456-yard par four first hole and three more bogeys followed on the final eight holes and he finished with a three over 74 on the par 71 course.
The cut for the final 64 after the second day was plus two and Bassler needed to shoot one-under par to reach that number.
He shot four over par for a total of plus seven for the two days, but he did cap his second day with a birdie on the final hole.
"It was kind of an amphitheater setting and I hit a wedge up there to five or six feet and made it so it was pretty cool."" said Bassler, who qualified for the U.S Amateur at Woodholme Country Club on July 7.
"He just had a couple of glitches each day," said his father, Bill Bassler Jr, the head golf professional at Rolling Road. "At least he had the moxie to birdie the final hole on the second day.
In Atlanta, he was one of 232 golfers who completed the two stroke-play rounds and he finished tied for 158th.
"Down there, no one knows who I am," Bassler said. "I'm the underdog. Here, everyone is shooting for you, so it's a little bit different feel, but it's fun to be back and talk to these guys. Everyone is asking how I did and how it was."
After all the camaraderie, it was all business on the Rolling Road course as 30 golfers started stroke-play Saturday, Aug. 16 with a goal of making one of the coveted 16 spots in this year's club championship field.
When all the scores were tallied on Sunday afternoon, three golfers, who posted scores of 155 over two days, were tied for the final two spots so they had to have a sudden-death playoff with the lowest two scores advancing to the sweet 16.
Steve Homans and Derek Williams parred the first playoff hole and Phil Zepp bogeyed the hole, so Homans and Williams advanced to the round of 16.
Williams will face top-seeded Bassler in the first round and Homans will play second-seeded Rick Sovero in the opening round which starts around 11 a.m. on Aug. 23.
Sovero, who has won the club championship 10 times, shot a 67 and 70 in the two-day qualifier.
The rest of the first-round pairings include: Nick Angelo (8th seed) vs. Steve Hargest (9); Andrew Lawton (4) vs. Ryan Woodward (13); Justin Jarvis (5) vs. Nick Yucha (12); Lance Nickles (7) vs. Mike Duffy (10), Bart DeLuca (3) vs. Mark Poehlman (14) and George Blyth IV (6) vs. Jeff Zepp (11).
DeLuca is the only other one in the field, besides Bassler and Sovero, who has won a club crown, winning in 2008.
That trio has 17 club championships between them, which is still short of Spencer Overton, who won 21 titles ranging from 1934 through 1962,