BEALLSVILLE - Will Shriver continued to cut a wide swath through the area golf field, winning the medal in the two-day U.S. Amateur qualifier at Four Streams Golf Club yesterday. Shriver, Maryland State Amateur champion from Silver Spring and the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, returned rounds of 68-69 for a 5-under-par total of 137.
With four places available, Billy Hurley, a Naval Academy senior from Leesburg, Va., had 69-70-139, followed by Jimmy Cunningham, Walkersville, 69-73-142, and Terry Burke, Bethesda, 66-76-142.
Qualifying earlier at Woodholme CC in Pikesville were medalist Bob Kaestner, Glyndon, 73-73-146, and Billy Wingerd, Baltimore, 74-73-147.
The championship is scheduled for August 18-24, at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, Shriver, 18, and headed for his freshman year at Loyola College, relied on his usual strength - driving it well - to set up two solid ball-striking rounds, and he pointed out, "the putts fell." They certainly did, as he had 28 on Monday and 27 yesterday.
Cunningham, 21, a former public schools state champion, and now a junior at Denver University, admitted to struggling in the second round, but he made the shots he needed to stay in contention. A year ago, he had missed qualifying by a shot.