Eric Egloff, from Rockville, in the last threesome off the Little Bennett Golf Course in Clarksburg in semidarkness at 8:20 p.m. last night, brought home a 4-under-par 34-34--68 to earn one of four available places in this week's Kemper Insurance Open in Potomac.
The remaining three spots will be determined this morning, when six players who shot 69 return for a sudden-death playoff. They are Paul Dickonson, Jason Enloe, Jerry Guillion, former PGA tour player Omar Uresti, and current Buy.com Tour players Anthony Painter and Chris Starkjohann.
Egloff included seven birdies, one bogey and one double bogey in his round, which missed the worst part of the day's intermittent rain showers and drizzle. "The greens were manageable, and I wasn't worried about their pace," he said. All but one of his birdie putts were from inside 15 feet.
This will be his second Kemper, as he qualified and missed the cut in 1995.
U.S. Open qualifying
At Holly Hills Country Club in Ijamsville, Robert Gaus, a Buy.com Tour regular and in the next-to-last group, shot 37-33--70 to lead five qualifiers into sectional play that will be conducted over the next two weeks.
The U.S. Open will be held June 14-17 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
The others advancing were Ted Soule, 71; Cameron Yancey, who graduated from the University of Virginia Sunday, 72; Congressional CC assistant pro James Schouller, 72; and Sunday's Buy.com winner in Richmond, Va., Chad Campbell, 72.