As it turns out, they weren't tired out, only warmed up. All seven of the Long Islanders who played in both the daunting 36-hole U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier Monday in Summit, N.J. and the first round of the Long Island Open at Bethpage Red Tuesday did well in the latter. All of them made the cut and advanced to the 36-hole final Wednesday.
That's a lot of golf--all on foot, no carts allowed--in three days, but the seven showed they have something in reserve.
Adam Fuchs of Plainview shot 3-under par 67 and was second to the medalist, Nick Bova of Friar's Head.
Paul Dickinson (assistant pro at Montauk Downs), Jack Druga (pro at Shinnecock Hills) and defending L.I. Open champion Mike Meehan (assistant pro at Nassau Country Club) all shot par 70.
Joseph Horowitz of Long Beach shot 72 and Jim Hazen of Miller Place shot 73. None of them made the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach next week, but none of them was drained by the qualifier.
Rick Hartmann, the Atlantic Golf Club pro, withdrew from the L.I. Open qualifier because he was required to be at the annual Met Golf Writers Dinner in Westchester Tuesday night, as Atlantic was being honored as Met Section Course of the Year.