U.S. Open qualifying


Amateurs Miguel Rivera and Aaron Wright were among those advancing, as local qualifying for the U.S. Open was held at two area sites yesterday.

Five players from 58 starters at Eagle's Nest, and three from 38 players at Hillendale Country Club now will move along to 36-hole sectional qualifying rounds, one of which is scheduled for June 8 at Woodmont CC in Rockville.

Rivera got in with a birdie at the first extra hole at Hillendale, and William Curtis, a first-year assistant pro at Caves Valley GC, with a 10-foot birdie putt at the third. He had parred the first two holes, staying alive at the second when he got up-and-down from a right bunker, holing a downhill 10-foot putt, one he called "the best putt I ever hit."

At Eagle's Nest, where five got in without a playoff, Wright, a Naval Academy senior, had a 1-under par 71, despite a double-bogey at the 18th hole.

At Hillendale CC

Qualifiers: Peter Morgan, Valrico, Fla., 35-3469; William Curtis, Caves Valley GC, 35-3671; a-Miguel Rivera, Maryland G&CC;, 34-3771. Alternates: Don Slebodnik, Night Hawk GC, 37-3471; Tom Winegardner, Old South CC, 36-3773; Mark Evenson, Rolling Road GC, 38-3573; Adam Decker, Caves Valley GC, 37-3673.

At Eagle's Nest

Qualifiers: William Lanier, Charlottesville, Va., 37-3067; Eric Egloff, Rockville, 35-3570; Jimmy Sullivan, Clearwater, Fla., 37-3370; Russell Pies, Bethesda CC, 35-3671; a-Aaron Wright, Naval Academy, 34-3771. Alternates: Mike Benner Jr., Patuxent Greens, 35-3772; Jon Corlis, Chesapeake, Va., 36-3672; John Haddock, U. Maryland GC, 37-3673; Leighton Thomas, VFW-Frederick, 38-3573 (there were 11 players at 73, and seven appeared for the playoff).

At Fort Belvoir, Va.

Qualifiers: Clifton Benson, Raleigh, N.C., 71; Lance TenBroeck, Chicago, 72; Scott Seymour, Fairfax, Va., 73; Jason Gore, Menlo Park, Calif., 73; Carl Paulson, Orlando, Fla., 73; Mike Sposa, West Palm Beach, Fla., 73; Mark Jansen, Woodbridge, Va., 74; x-Tom Shaw, Fort Worth, Texas, 75; y-Kevin Warner, Alexandria, Va., 75.

a-amateur; x-won playoff; y-lost playoff.

Pub Date: 5/19/98

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