Chris Peddicord and Glen Barrett shot 5-under-par 139s at Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park to lead six players (72 starters) from the local level to the sectional level in the U.S. Open qualifying process yesterday.
They were joined by Webb Heintzelman and Jack Skilling at 140, and Steve Cartano and Wayne DeFrancesco, 141. The last two went birdie-birdie on the first two playoff holes to advance; Dirk Schultz went birdie-par and became first alternate. Cartano made an eight-foot putt and DeFrancesco a 10-footer on the decisive 12th hole.
Peddicord, a teaching pro at the Night Hawk Golf Center, putted well in the morning in shooting 68, then hit 16 greens in getting to 1-under par in the afternoon. Barrett, 1-under for his morning round, got to 4-under through 27 holes and cruised home.
Skilling matched par in the morning, then dipped 3-under on the front nine in the afternoon to get into contention. "A 20-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole was critical, as, in the end, it kept me out of the playoff," said the Columbia CC assistant professional.
Heintzelman is taking a break from the Hogan tour, with a schedule that includes next week's Kemper Open (he received a sponsor's exemption), U.S. Open sectional qualifying June 8 at Woodmont CC and possibly the U.S. Open.