LAKE WALES, Fla. (April 10, 2012) -- A J Kroeger holds a one-stroke lead heading into the second round of play in the 51st Senior Amateur Championship at Lake Wales Country Club in Lake Wales. Second round tee-times begin at 8:00 am on Wednesday, April 11 with the final round on Thursday, April 12.
A J Kroeger, from Apopka, recorded a first round of three-under par 69 in excellent conditions to hold a one stroke advantage heading into the second round. Kroeger’s opening round of 69 included six birdies, and just three bogies. Four players are tied for second place including the 2004 Champion, Bruce Scamehorn, of Winter Haven, who fired a round of two-under par 70. Bobby Barben, of Avon Park, Robert Hess, of Casselberry, and Gil Turner, of Palm City, also find themselves just one stroke back after their round of 70. The Defending Champion Jim Carley, of Ormond Beach, is currently is tied for 12th place, after opening with an even par round of 72. Other past Champions in the mix include the 2007 Champion, Rick Woulfe, of Fort Lauderdale, who is currently tied for 12th place, and the 2005 Champion, Edward Craig, of Orlando, who is tied for 22nd with a round of 73.
Since the number of entries received has always surpassed the capacity of the Championship, a qualifying stage was instituted in 2005. While 57 players earned exempt status through a variety of different means, more than 300 participants attempted to qualify at one of seven sites across the state, as competitors played 18 holes of stroke play hoping to advance to the Championship. Participants must be 55 or older to participate in the Championship. Players who advanced to the Championship compete in 54 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 60 and ties after 36 holes.
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