Three Washington-area golfers and Catonsville's David Lombardi, from Rolling Road Golf Club, earned spots yesterday in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at Wakefield Valley Golf Club in Westminster.
Lombardi, 58, made it to his first national along with Robert Haight, 55, of Argyle Country Club in Silver Spring, surviving a three-man, two-hole sudden-death playoff when Pennsylvanian Michael Kanoff Jr. was penalized for improperly placing a ball on the green. All three posted 73s in regulation play.
They joined Bethesda Country Club members Bruce Kessler and Dave King in advancing to the national event Sept. 28-Oct. 3 in Jacksonville, Fla. Kessler and King shared medal honors with 1-under par 71s.
Qualifiers: Bruce Kessler 35-36--71; Dave King 37-34--71; x-David Lombardi 40-33--73; x-Robert Haight 38-35--73. Alternates: z-Michael Kanoff Jr. 36-37--73; David Rogers 39-35--74; Patrick McCorkle 36-38--74; Robert Bramson 40-34--74. (x-qualified in sudden-death playoff; z-lost playoff.)
* MAPGA Senior: Steve Moreland of Fancy Gap, Va., shot a 5-under 67 for the first-round lead in the Senior/Quarter Century championship in Hot Spring, Va. Carroll Park's Willie Smith and John McNaney, a Life Member, had 69s.