Trio of players share lead at Chanticleer National Senior
Bill Leonard
Bill Leonard

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Three players will enter the final round at the Chanticleer National Senior Invitational with a share of the 36-hole lead at three-over par. Michael Mercier of New York, Bill Leonard of Georgia, and Rick Cloninger of South Carolina pace the field by a shot at Greenville Country Club's Chanticleer Course.

Cloninger, the opening-round leader with 68, struggled to a 79 on Thursday but will still have a good opportunity to grab the win while in Friday's final group.

Leonard, of Dallas, Ga., opened with 72 and shot 75 on Thursday while Mercier, who recently captured the Lupton Memorial Invitational Senior, rebounded from 75 on Thursday when an even-par score of 72 in round two.

Defending champion Steve Sharpe of Greensboro, N.C. is one of three players tied for fourth place just a stroke back of the leaders. He has rounds of 72-76 in the books, as does Charles Yandell, while Frank Ford posted opposite rounds.

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

**Cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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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