Mike Benner of Patuxent Greens Golf Club in Laurel shot 1-under-par 71 and earned the medal by two strokes in on-site qualifying for the Maryland State Amateur at Hillendale Country Club yesterday.
For most of the day, Bryan Koslowski of the Naval Academy GC was alone in second, but J. R. Shasteen of Montgomery Village G&CC;, playing in the final twosome, registered a 73.
With 123 players after 32 places in today's draw, there was an 18-for-two playoff at 78. It was the largest playoff in tournament history and would have been larger but for the failure of two of the 78's to appear for the overtime.
Frank Chasar of Hunt Valley GC had the only birdie on the first extra hole to claim one berth, and four others will continue playing for the final spot beginning at 7 this morning.
Benner had two birdies on each nine and three bogeys in shooting 35-36 against a par of 36-3672 for 6,750 yards of the refurbished northern Baltimore County course.