Rick Cloninger grabs early lead at Chanticleer National Senior
Rick Cloninger
Rick Cloninger

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Prominent Carolinas golfer Rick Cloninger posted 68 on day one of the Chanticleer National Senior Invitational to grab an early one-shot lead. Cloninger, of Fort Mill, S.C., won the event in 2013.

Only four players were under par on Wednesday, with Bob Levy and Michael Wooles sitting one shot back at 69 and Michael Bodney three back at 71.

Defending champion Steve Sharpe is tied for fifth place after shooting even-par 72 in the first round. Another notable player in the field is recent Lupton Senior winner Michael Mercier, who opened with 75.

The 54-hole tournament was started in 2011 and is hosted at Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer Course, which is a Rees Jones design.

Results: Chanticleer Senior Invitational
1FLMichael MercierJuno Beach, FL70075-72-69=216*
2GARick CloningerMcDonough, GA40068-79-69=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.

The Senior Division competition will be for players 55-64, as well as other older qualified players who may desire to play in this division. The Super Senior division will be for players 65-70, as well as other older qualified players who prefer to play at Chanticleer. There will be a cut after 36 holes. As an option for Legends, we will host a separate 70+ Legends division at our Riverside course provided we have a minimum number of 16 players. There will NOT be a cut.

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