Closing 64 puts Browne in Open


ROCKVILLE -- The ripple effect of the Nike Tour's stop in Richmond, Va., last weekend reached Woodmont Country Club yesterday.

Woodmont was host to a sectional qualifier for next week's U.S. Open, and three of the six berths were claimed by Nike Tour regulars. The other three spots went to players from the PGA Tour, but even medalist Olin Browne went slumming on the satellite tour last weekend.

Browne came back in the afternoon with a 64, the best round of the day, to finish the 36-hole qualifier 10-under. Browne didn't get an invitation to the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, last weekend, so he instead went to Richmond, where he won the Nike Dominion Open.

Kent Jones, a 29-year-old from Carlsbad, N.M., who was 14th in the Nike event last weekend, went 69-68 to earn his first U.S. Open berth. Nike regular Bill Porter, the sectional medalist last year, and 1991 Kemper Open champion Billy Andrade finished 2-under.

The last two spots at Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Mich., went to Dan Forsman and Bill Murchison, another Nike Tour player. They tied for fifth with Ron Philo, a 30-year-old who runs a golf school in Amelia Island, Fla. He bogeyed the first playoff hole, and Forsman and Murchison parred, the latter with a 10-foot putt.

(Scores, 9D)

Pub Date: 6/04/96

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