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Indiv. champ McNulty leads Arkansas to U.S. Senior Challenge win
Wes McNulty (second from left) and his Arkansas team (Sun Country Golf photo)
Wes McNulty (second from left) and his Arkansas team (Sun Country Golf photo)

When you surge to a seven-shot lead over the course of the final round and pull your team up the board right along with you, it qualifies as golf heroics. Wes McNulty was the man of the hour Wednesday afternoon at the U.S. Senior Challenge as he went 67-68 on a 36-hole day at Shawnee (Okla.) Country Club for a double win.

McNulty topped Jon Valuck and Chris Hall, the next-closest individuals by seven shots. He and his Arkansas teammates won the team portion of the event.

McNulty, of White Hall, Ark., was close behind after an opening 73. But McNulty had a total of 10 birdies on Wednesday. Not even a bogey on No. 15 or a double bogey on No. 17 could slow him down.

He was at 5 under while Valuck and Hall were at 2 over for the tournament.

In the team division, Arkansas, led by McNulty, finished at 16 under for the tournament. That was eight shots better than runner-up Georgia.

ROUND 1 RECAP

A year ago, Jim Durr scored a top-10 finish at the U.S. Senior Challenge. This year, he’s on early pace to surpass that. Durr, of Silver Lake, Ohio, has the first-round lead at Shawnee (Okla.) Country Club after an opening 1-under 70.

Durr would be farther ahead if not for a closing bogey on the par-5 18th. It cut his lead over Oklahoma City’s Jon Valuck to one shot.

Valuck went through a rough patch in the middle of the day. After going 2 under in the first six holes, he went bogey, triple-bogey, bogey to finish the front nine. Valuck then played the back in 3 under for his 71.

Valuck, winner of last year’s SOS Founders Cup on the senior circuit, is in solo second ahead of three men at 1 over. That contingent includes Jeff Richter, Chris Hall and Ronald Kilby.

In the senior division, Gary Hardin and Ken Knott are tied atop the leaderboard after rounds of 1-over 72.

The U.S. Senior Challenge also includes a team component. The Ohio team, led by Durr, has a four-shot lead on Georgia and Texas.

Results: U.S. Senior Challenge
1ARWes McNultyWhite Hall, AR70073-67-68=208
T2OKJon ValuckOklahoma City, OK40071-73-71=215
T2GAChris HallMarietta, GA40072-72-71=215
4OKDon ClarkShawnee, OK30074-75-68=217
T5NMJack SlaytonAlbuquerque, NM30077-70-71=218

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ABOUT THE U.S. Senior Challenge

The U.S. Senior Challenge is the nation's only senior amateur event conducted in a state-team format.

Originally encompassing 15 states in 1985, the U.S. Senior Challenge now consists of teams and players from 37 states. Each member state is led by a State Captain selected and approved by the Board of Directors.

The championship is played each year at Gross Stroke play and includes participants 55 years of age and over with a maximum handicap of 4.

TEAM COMPETITION:
Teams consist of 4 men including the State Captain who selects the players. The field is limited to the first 30 teams entered.

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