Chanticleer Senior: Atkinson, Sharpe are the Co-Leaders
Play is underway at the Chanticleer Senior Invitational
Play is underway at the Chanticleer Senior Invitational

GREENVILLE, SC (May 31, 2017) - Bert Atkinson and Stephen Sharpe both shot two-under 70 to share the lead after the first round of the Chanticleer Senior Invitational at Greenville Country Club.

Atkinson, from Charleston, SC had four birdies and two bogeys to post the early lead. Three groups later, Sharpe, the 2014 Chanticleer Senior champion from Greensboro, NC matched the score with the same four birdie and two bogey tally.

Todd Hendley of Greer, SC was the only other player under par at 71.

In the Super Senior Division, Johnny Dennis shot a 68 to take a four shot lead over Allan Small of Savannah, with three players--Peter Van Ingen, Don Russell, and defending champion Neil Spitalny--another shot back at 73. For Dennis, the Chanticleer is a home game as he is a member of Greenville Country Club.

In the Legends Division, John Blank of Frostburg, MD and Charlie Busbee of Stockbridge, GA share the lead at 72.

Now in its seventh year, the Chanticleer Senior Invitational has grown into one of the major events on the senior amateur golf calendar. It is played on the Chanticleer Course at Greenville Country Club, originally designed by Robert Trent Jones and renovated by son Rees in 2002.

Results: Chanticleer Senior Invitational
1NCTodd HendleyColumbus, NC70071-72-72=215
T2SCWalter ToddLaurens, SC40073-75-74=222
T2PAScott MayneHarrisburg, PA40075-70-77=222
T4NCPat ThompsonAsheville, NC30075-75-73=223
T4VAAllen BarberYorktown, VA30075-73-75=223

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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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