Grace leads Texas North Senior after first round
Irving, TX (April 23, 2012) -- A brisk late April morning gave way to slightly colder temperatures today. Hackberry Creek Country Club, in Irving, showed its true challenge during the opening round of the North Senior Amateur. The narrow fairways and fast greens kept most of the field from firing low rounds.

Two men in the Senior division and two men in the Super Senior Division broke away from the field in their respective divisions. In the lead after the first round defending his North Senior Amateur Senior Division title John Grace, of Fort Worth, shot a round of one under par, 71. A shot behind him in second place is Bill Caveness, from Dallas, with an even par round of 72. The next closest competitors are a group of five players at 75 and three players at 76. With nine players within five shots of the lead, tomorrow’s final round should be an exciting one.

The Super Senior Division leader after the first round is James Burdine, of Dallas, who shot an opening round one over par, 73. Ted Samples, from Fort Worth, is in second place after firing a three-over -ar round of 75, two shots off the lead. There is a four-way tie for third place with the score of 80 for today.

The format for the championship is 36 holes of stroke play consisting of two divisions: Senior (55 or older as of the tournament start date) and Super Senior (65 or older as of the tournament start date). Each division will play from a different set of tees/yardages with a separate champion being crowned in each division. Super Seniors must declare on their application if they wish to compete in the Senior Division.

John Grace won the 2011 playing of the North Senior Amateur at the Honors Golf Club of Dallas in Carrollton. Grace, of Fort Worth, used rounds of 69-71 to cruise to a six shot victory over Mark Witt. The margin of victory was also six shots in the Super Senior division, as Jim Hays captured the title by firing rounds of 69-75.

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