Woodholme's DeFrancesco reaches Kemper


SILVER SPRING -- Wayne DeFrancesco, a teaching professional at Woodholme Country Club, qualified for the Kemper Open with a round of 35-35--70 at Indian Spring Country Club yesterday.

From a starting field of 176 players, DeFrancesco was one of four to advance to next week's tournament at TPC-Avenel in Potomac.

Lee Porter, of Greensboro, N.C., backed by Asian and Hogan tour experience, had the low round, a 2-under-par 33-35--68. Professional David Quinn, of Marlton, N.J., 35-36-71, and amateur Fred Widicus, of Annandale, Va., 37-34--71, also qualified.

DeFrancesco, in his second season at the Pikesville club, had one birdie and one bogey over the 6,900-yard, par-34-36--70 Chief Course. He three-putted No. 8 for bogey, and two-putted the par-5 12th for birdie.

He is just back playing after a stress fracture of a rib April 1, and admitted to putting defensively.

Porter had two birdies in his bogey-free round, an eight-footer at the 12th, and a 15-footer at the par-3 fourth after hitting a 5-iron shot.

Porter and Quinn have a lot in common. Each is 26, has had Hogan tour experience, and they have known each other since their college days in North Carolina -- Porter at Guilford and Quinn at Catawba.

Here each had an 8:18 a.m. starting time, Quinn off the front and Porter off the back, and both stayed around until their positions had been confirmed shortly after 7 p.m.

"I played yesterday [Wednesday] and I knew I would not have to shoot 4 or 5 under to get in," Porter said. "It was more center-of-the-green and two putts." He hit 14 greens and was never in any real danger of making a bogey.

Quinn had a more up-and-down tour, doubling the second, getting back to even after 10, had another bogey and birdie through 14, then bogeyed the 15th and parred in.

NOTES: From a field of 176, 92 failed to break 80. . . .Porter (33) and Glen Barrett and Daniel Belden (34s) were the only ones to have par or better on the front. . . .Maryland Amateur champion Shane Paterson of Norbeck CC had 1-over 35 on the front, then shot the back in 38. . . .Chris Peddicord, from Night Hawk Driving Range, had 1-under 35 on the back, then had putting woes in shooting 40 on the front. . . .Counting the Middle Atlantic PGA member qualifying Wednesday, Porter was the only one of about 275 players to break par.

Qualifiers: Lee Porter, Greensboro, N.C., 33-35--68; Wayne DeFrancesco, Woodholme CC, 35-35--70; David Quinn, Marlton, N.J., 35-36--71; a-Fred Widicus, Annandale, Va., 37-34--71.

Alternates: Glen Barrett, Glenn Dale, 34-38--72; Daniel Belden, Canton, Ohio, 34-38. (Barrett won playoff on third extra hole. Bob Bowes, Wicomico Shores, 37-35--72, and Fred Gibson, Orlando, Fla., 36-36--72, did not participate in the playoff.

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