THE ANDY DILLARD story did not end on the last day of the U.S. Open.

The 30-year-old Oklahoma State University product is still

realizing benefits from his unlikely charge during the June

18-21 tournament.

Dillard, who has lost his tour card, has received sponsor

exemptions to play in two PGA events since the Open, according

to agent David Hardin from Oklahoma City-based Cambridge Sports.

One of the events is the Hogan Tour Tulsa Open, set for

Aug. 21-23 at the Golf Club of Oklahoma. The other is this

week's regular PGA Tour stop at the Chattanooga Classic.

Willie Wood, another Oklahoma State product, has also received

a sponsor's exemption into the Tulsa Open field, Hardin said.

Dillard, who plays out of Oak Tree Golf and Country Club

in Edmond, also has an outside chance of receiving sponsor

exemptions into the Greater Milwaukee Open, Las Vegas Invitational

and Buick Southern Open.

Dillard, who was just playing in events on the Texas mini-tour,

had to go through two qualifying stages in order to make

the Open field.

Dillard's heroics at the Open was called "Dalyism," something

created during last year's PGA Championship when John Daly

was the last entry into the field at Crooked Stick Golf

Club in Carmel, Ind. Daly's enthusiasm and booming drives

won over the crowd and Daly, in a span of four days, vaulted

from anonymity to the PGA championship.

"It isn't fair to compare (Dillard and Daly)," said Hardin,

whose company also represents Daly. "To start with, John

won the PGA. But the media drew comparison because they

were both underdogs and both attracted crowds."

Like Daly, Dillard was an unexpected name listed among the

leaders. On the first day, his six birdies on the front

nine attracted attention. He was second going into the third

round, when he was paired with another Oak Tree gang member

and Open leader Gil Morgan. He charmed the media and his

"I'm just glad to be here" attitude and blue-collar approach

won over the fans.

ABC's Brent Musburger called Dillard "the people's choice."

Unlike Daly, however, Dillard fell out of the picture. He finished 17th.

Still, the $18,069 was his largest tourney paycheck in five

years. It also made casual bets at Oak Tree casual again,

instead of necessary.

"As people heard about him making six birdies in a row,

they flocked to his group," Hardin said. "Andy had bigger

crowds following his group than some of the big names. I'm

sure that has gotten the attention of some of the chairmen

of these events."

Still, Dillard's tournament schedule is open. He is limited

to five sponsor's exemptions. That would leave him with

three more, but it may be tough.

"Sponsor's exemptions are tough to get," Hardin said.

"If he uses all five, I'd be very, very surprised. Chances

are against it. He has written to the remainder of the tournaments

on the schedule.

"The Hogan events are regional in nature and exemptions

are given to golfers with local ties. That helped him at

Tulsa. On the regular tour, there is so much competition.

Take a tournament winner from four years ago who wants to

come back and play, but no longer has a tour card. He can

ask for a sponsor's exemptions and probably get it."

Tulsans will get a chance to watch the other local

golfer who made noise at the Open July 20th when Morgan

joins Mark Hayes, Willie Wood and David Edwards as competitors

in the American Heart Association Charity tournament at

Tulsa Country Club. Organizers hope it will evolve into

an annual event.

"We almost pulled it off this year," TCC head pro Rob

Brown said. "There were some details we couldn't work out.

Next year, I'm sure we'll have a shootout."

This year, each of the four PGA Tour golfers will lead a

foursome in an 18-hole scramble. The four pros will begin

teeing off at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Think the new Ping Zings are overrated? Don't tell

it to Gibby Gilbert. In the four tournaments Gilbert has

used Ping's latest creatation, he has recorded two second-place

finishes as well as back-to-back victories on the PGA Senior

Tour. He was among the leaders after the first two days

of this weekend's U.S. Senior Open.

"I used to laugh at people who used Pings. Now, I'm not

going to let go of 'em," said Gilbert, who has a contract

with Cougar Golf - not Ping. "My contract says I need to

have at least one (Cougar) club in my bag. That's my wedge.

The Pings are staying."

University of Tulsa golf signee Tim Beans of Phoenix

is having a good summer. He won the Arizona Junior Golf

Championship. He also finished third in the American Junior

Golf Association Mission Hills Championship.

Last year's runner-up, Bill Bishop, is among the

favorites in the The Oklahoma Golf Association Junior Boys

Championship, which begins Monday at Lawton Country Club.

Others who figure to do well in the 15-17 age division are

3A champion Berry Sewell of Clinton, Chance Cozby of Bartlesville

and 4A runner-up Jason Sherl of Webster High School.

The first two days will be a stroke-play qualifier, followed

by match play Wednesday through Friday. Two matches are

scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The finals are Friday.

The South Central Section PGA is getting into the

television business in a search for more exposure.

It is launching a regional weekly golf show called "Inside

the Pro Shop." It will be shown Tuesdays at 5 p.m. on HSE

(United Artists Cable 27). The host of the program will

be Rick Nuckolls, section president and head pro at Reflection

Ridge in Wichita, Kan. The show will focus on equipment,

tips, rules and course etiquette.