Mercier defeats Cloninger in three-hole playoff to win Chanticleer Senior
(Photo by Bart Boatwright)
(Photo by Bart Boatwright)

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Michael Mercier prevailed over Rick Cloninger in a three-hole playoff at the Chanticleer National Senior Invitational for his second win in two weeks. Mercier, of Rochester, N.Y., was victorious last weekend in the Senior division at the John T. Lupton Memorial Invitational.

Both players were tied entering the final round, along with Bill Leonard, at three-over par. But Mercier and Cloninger separated themselves from the pack with rounds of 69 on Friday to share first place by five. After pars on the first two holes, Mercier made his third par in a row to triumph over the Fort Mill, S.C. native.

Mercier's third round was bogey free, with birdies coming at 12, 13, and 15. Cloninger made a late-round surge to get into the playoff, birding three of his last four holes. Meanwhile Leonard, the other player in the final group, got off to a rough start with bogeys on three of his first four and doubles on 8 and 11.

Defending champion Steve Sharpe took solo third place at six-over 222 after shooting a final-round 74.

In the Super Senior division, Bob Desjardins edged David Crocker and Pete Allen for a one-shot win. Desjardins doubled the par-three 14th, but held on with closing pars on the last four holes. And in the Grand Master division, Don Wood shot a final-round 71 to win by six over Charlie Busbee.

This 54-hole championship is conducted at Greenville Country club's Chanticleer Course (a Rees Jones design), site of the annual Chanticleer National Four-Ball Tournament.

Results For Chanticleer National Senior Invitational
1FLMichael MercierJuno Beach, FL70075-72-69=216*
2SCRick CloningerFort Mill, SC40068-79-69=216
3NCSteve SharpeGreensboro, NC30072-76-74=222
4FLMike BodneyPonte Vedra Beach, FL30071-78-74=223
T5NYPeter Van IngenNew York, NY30077-75-72=224

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ABOUT THE Chanticleer Senior Invitational

The Chanticleer National Senior Invitational started in 2011 with the vision that it would provide a superbly conditioned, very challenging course on which to present a premier invitational tournament for elite senior and super senior golfers recognized for their playing accomplishments on a national and international scale. The limited field is determined from the pool of applicants with preference given to players' performance in national and international events as well as the current rankings. As an integral part of our vision, we provide extraordinary hospitality and great value to both our players and their significant others.

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