GREENVILLE, SC (June 1, 2017) - Todd Hendley shot his second straight par-or-better round to take a two shot lead into the final round of the Chanticleer Senior Invitational at Greenville Country Club.
Hendley, who finished 6th in this tournament a year ago and who made the final 16 of the U.S. Senior Amateur in 2014, shot an even par 72 for a 143 total. Scott Mayne of Harrisburg,
PA had the round of the day, a two-under 70, to move into solo second at 145.
If Hendley and Mayne play well tomorrow, it will be a two-man race for the title. The next closest pursuers--2014 champion Steve Sharpe, Allen Barber, and Walter Todd--are five shots behind Hendley.
The co-leaders after round one both retreated down the leaderboard. Sharpe started with a triple bogey, seemed to recover with four birdies, but then lost five shots on the back nine to finish with a 78.
Bert Atkinson got on the bogey train (nine of them, plus a double) and shot 82 to fall back into a tie for eleventh at 152.
32 players made the cut, which fell at 160.
In the Super Senior Division, Greenville Country Club member Johnny Dennis saw his four shot lead disappear, going from 68 to 78 for a 146 total. But he still shares the lead, with defending champion Neil Spitalny joining him by shooting consecutive 73s.
In what promises to be a Friday shootout, seven players sit within two shots of the lead. Allan Small, Tim Miller, and Don Russell are all one shot behind the lead, while Peter Van Ingen and Curt Knorr are two shots back at 148.
In the Legends Division contested at the Riverside Course, Don Wood (73-75--148) leads George Washburn by one shot, and first-round leader John Blank by three.
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
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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