Scott Gilgallon, a Hobbit's Glen Golf Club member, shot a 73 and claimed one of the six available spots in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur championship yesterday at Swan Point Yacht & Country Club in Issue.
Tom Offutt, a former Middle Atlantic Amateur champion from Arlington, Va., and Washington Golf & CC, won the medal with a 1-under-par 71.
The other places went to John Luoma, from Country Club of Woodmore, and Matt Sughrue, of Bethesda Country Club, each of whom shot 72; and two others who shot 73 -- Richard Glasgow, of Tantallon Country Club, and John Miller, of Sterling, Va., and River Bend Country Club.
The championship will be held Sept. 25-30, at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis. Of the six, only Miller, in 1991, has been before.
Offutt, a developer, went to work early yesterday, thought about not showing up, then decided to play and arrived five minutes before his 11: 40 a.m. tee time.
"I hit a lot of safe shots, and stayed away from the water," Offutt said of avoiding the obvious hazards present on about two-thirds of the holes on this stunning 6,761-yard course along the Potomac River.
He had two birdies on the front, offset them with bogeys at the 11th and 12th, then birdied the 16th from 18 feet for the only sub-par score among 91 starters.
Luoma, from Laurel, "made a lot of putts," in posting three birdies and three bogeys
Qualifiers: Tom Offutt, Arlington, Va., 34-3771; John Luoma, Laurel, 36-3672; Matt Sughrue, Alexandria, Va. 35-3873; Richard Glasgow, Washington, 36-3773; Scott Gilgallon, Washington, 37-3673; John Miller, Sterling, Va., 38-3573.
Alternates: Doug Conkey, California, 36-3874; Pat Tallent, Vienna, Va., 39-3574; Dan DeRisio, Herndon, Va., 40-3474.
Other scorers: Rick Riddle, Bel Air, 39-3675; Tom Riley, Alexandria, Va., 39-3675; Ben Brundred III, Potomac, 40-3575; Ralph Richardson, Columbia, 40-3676; Joel Kaye, Owings Mills, 38-3876; Paul Steinhardt, Baltimore, 37-4077; Bob Kaestner, Glyndon, 40-3878; David Ogden, Sykesville, 41-3778; Mitch Wyatt, Salisbury, 39-3978; Greg Winkler, Crofton, 38-4078; Jim Castagna, Sandy Spring, 39-3978; Tim Dilli, Baltimore, 39-3978; William Foster, Frederick, 40-3878; Steve Ford, Trappe, 41-3778; Mike Sanger, Hydes, 44-3478.
USGA Men's State Team Championship: Martin West shot a par-71 and Larry Storck a 73 to give Maryland a 144, seven strokes behind Minnesota, after one round in Williamsburg, Va.
Pub Date: 9/08/99