CHARLESTON, SC (September 29, 2016) -- Brady Exber has opened up a three-stroke advantage at the Senior Azalea Invintational after reaching 4-under with a second consecutive 2-under 69. Alan Thielemann and Preston Edmondson are the only two players under-par at 1-under and they will begin the final day at the Country Club of Charleston tied for second place.
Exber jumped started his round with an eagle on the par-5 5th to reach 4-under. A dropped stroke followed on the 7th before he got the shot back two holes later with a birdie. After turning in 2-under 34 Exber reached 5-under with his 14th hole birdie, only to falter with a closing bogey.
Thielemann reached 1-under and second place with rounds of 70-71 while Edmondson posted scores of 71-70 to reach the same tally.
Frank Ford III is even-par in fourth and it is Kevin King rounding out the top-five at 1-over.
ROUND ONE RECAP
Four-time defending champion Brady Exber had to wait an extra year to make a bid for his fifth consecutive Senior Azalea Invitational but with round one in the books he has picked right up where he left off. After Hurricane Joaquin cancelled the 2015 edition, Exber went out and took the first day lead at the Country Club of Charleston with a 2-under 69.
Exber, Las Vegas, NV resident, began his day with a run of pars before picking up his first birdie of the round on No. 4. A few holes later Exber had his only stumble of the day, a double-bogey on the 8th, however an order restoring birdie followed on the ensuing hole.
Making the turn in even-par 36, Exber birdied his second consecutive hole on No. 10 to move into red figures for good. The Las Vegas Hall of Famer remained 1-under until his final birdie of the day was carded on No. 15.
Four players are hot on this heels and tied for second place at 1-under. Among the group is Jack Kearney, who finished tied for sixth at the Jones Cup Senior. Kearney birdied three holes and bogeyed two during his round.
An additional three players are tied for sixth at even-par. The crowded round one leaderboard includes 13 players within five-strokes of Exber's lead.