MARION, Ind. (September 4, 2014) — Mike Bell (pictured left), Gary EuDaly, and Chuck Wenning posted even-par 72s to take the lead today at Meshingomesia Country Club during round one of the IGA Senior Amateur Championship. Indianapolis' Bell is looking for his third Senior Amateur title tomorrow.
"I haven't played this course since the 1979 State Open," Bell said. "There is a lot of local knowledge that comes with Meshingomesia and the par-3s are key. I played consistently today, with three birdies and three bogeys."
Being in the lead is a position that Bell is used to. If Bell is able to win tomorrow, he will join Jerry Jackson as the only three-time winner of the event.
"I have been in this position before and I don't get as nervous as I used to," Bell said. "I just try to hit good shots and let things happen."
EuDaly of Bloomington says that good par saves kept him in contention today.
"I got-up-and down several times to save par and I putted really well. I was tied for the lead a few years back at the Mid-Am, and I like being in this position. I hope to keep the ball in play tomorrow and continue to make putts."
Wenning of Franklin is also excited to share the lead. His round consisted of four birdies and four bogeys.
"I kept the ball in play and kept my approach shots below the hole on tricky greens," Wenning said. "I hope to continue the same methodical plod tomorrow. Being in the lead is uncharted territory for me and it is honestly really exciting."
Monterey's George Wamsley leads the Super Senior Field by three after posting a 1-over-par, 73. Last week Wamsley finished second at the IGA Super Senior Match Play Championship.
"I decided to tee off with a 3-wood all day because this course is very tight and that worked in my favor," Wamsley said. "I also made several putts around ten feet to save par. If I were able to win tomorrow, it would be very special to me."
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