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Egloff takes medal in local Open qualifier


Eric Egloff, the last player off the course, returned a second consecutive 69 for a 36-hole total of 138 and won the medal in local qualifying for the U.S. Open championship at Eagle's Nest yesterday.

The Rockville resident had to share the spotlight with home-club favorite Moose Brown, however, after Brown birdied seven of his last 11 holes for a second-round 6-under-par 66, and a 36-hole score of 142.

The two were among nine earning places in sectional qualifiers due in early June. Among the others were Jack Skilling, XTC Columbia CC, 139; former Havre de Grace resident Ron Terry, 142; and Jamie Childs, an assistant professional at Queenstown Harbor, 144.

It took a score of 145 to qualify. Of the three at 146, John McNaney of Country Road Driving Range won first alternate with a birdie on 2. Gray Hamilton of Gaithersburg was second, and Woody FitzHugh of Herndon, who failed to appear for the playoff, was placed third.

Egloff, 28, will be making a second sectional appearance. He set up his morning round with successive birdies at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 (his second nine) and closed with a 33.

Brown, 25, grew up playing at the Towson course, and, after graduation from Akron University, went to the CC of York, where he has been an assistant pro the past 3 1/2 years.

"After the 76, where I played too conservatively and did not putt well, I told myself to let it go," Brown said.

He clinched his spot with birdies on the last three holes, hitting it close on 16 and 17, and chipping in on 18.

NOTES: PGA Tour regular Greg Kraft was among those getting in on 143, but Tour veteran Lon Hinkle did not. . . . This area's sectional will be held June 7 at Woodmont CC in Rockville.

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