James Starnes holds 36-hole Senior Dixie Amateur lead
James Starnes <br>(USGA Photo)
James Starnes
(USGA Photo)

CORAL SPRINGS, FL (November 16, 2016) -- After beginning the day one off the pace James Starnes has moved into the 36-hole lead at the Senior Dixie Amateur being contested at TPC Eagle Trace. Starnes, from Ft. Myers, FL, is currently 7-over following rounds of 76-75.

Ranked fourth in the AmateurGolf.com Senior Rankings, Starnes is looking for his second ranking event victory of the season after claiming the Society of Seniors Founders Cup earlier in the year. 2016 has been a banner year for Starnes in many ways as he has racked up 12 top-10 ranking events finishes and also made his return to a USGA event for the first time in 42 years, competing in the U.S. Senior Amateur.

Ian Harris (Bloomfield Hills, MI) began the day one shot behind and remained a single stroke back after 36-holes. Thus far Harris has put together scores of 76-76 to post 8-over.

Robbie Dew (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) was able to move up the leaderboard into third place with a second round 74 and after a first round 79 he is 9-over.

First round co-leader Robert Wagner (St. Davids, PA) fell to fourth place at 10-over while fellow first round leader Ben Whipple (Marietta, SC) and Rick Ten Broeck (Chicago, IL) are fifth at 11-over.

The Super Senior Division lead has been taken over by Jeffrey Knox (Brecksville, OH). Heading into the last day Knox is 10-over and ahead of second place Jim Dubois (Coral Springs, FL) by two shots.

First day pace setter and defending champion Robert Rogoff (Coral Springs, FL) is 14-over and in third.

Thursday's final round will be a shotgun with play set to begin at 8:30 a.m. EST.


With day one in the books at the Senior Dixie Amateur hosted by TPC Eagle Trace Ben Whipple and Robert Wagner are leading the way after both players shot 3-over 75's.

Whipple (Marietta, SC) and Wagner (St. Davids, PA) will carry a one-stoke lead into Wednesday's second round. Over the years Whipple has had success in AmateurGolf.com events winning five-times from 2009-2014.

His most recent win came at the 2014 AmateurGolf.com Two Man Links at Bandon Dunes.

Beginning the second round in a share of third at 4-over are Ian Harris (Bloomfield Hills, MI) and James Starnes (Ft. Myers, FL). Steven Humphrey (Lexington, KY) is currently in fifth after a Tuesday 5-over 77 that puts him only two behind.

In all eight players will tee of on Tuesday within four shots of the lead.

In the Super Senior Division defending champion Robert Rogoff (Coral Springs, FL) is back atop the leaderboard following a first round 3-over 75. Rogoff will carry a two-stroke lead into the second round over Jeffrey Know (Brecksville, OH) and Keith Keister (Orlando, FL) both of whom are 5-over and sharing second.

Daniel Gregg (Ann Arbor, MI) and Walt Martin (Oakton, VA) are tied for fourth at 7-over.

Results: Dixie Senior & Mid-Master
1FLJames StarnesFort Myers, FL40076-75-77=228
2SCBen WhippleMarietta, SC25075-80-74=229
T3FLRobbie DewPalm Beach Gardens, FL15079-74-77=230
T3PARobert WagnerSt. Davids, PA15075-79-76=230
5MIIan HarrisBloomfield Hills, MI15076-76-79=231

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ABOUT THE Dixie Senior & Mid-Master

The senior version of the Dixie Amateur Championship added a Mid-Master division starting in 2019. 54-hole stroke play event with no cut. Mid-Master (ages 40- 54), Senior (ages 55-64) and Super Senior (65+) Divisions. The tournament has long drawn some of the country's top senior golfers to South Florida -- Doug Hanzel (2013-2014, 2017); Brady Exber (2012); and Rick Woulfe (an amazing 7 titles, his latest in 2015) are among the past champions. All three rounds are contested at the TPC Eagle Trace. You may request an invitation at www.dixieamateur.com.

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