Perry leads U.S. Senior Open

Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith
Posted: July 13, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. - Kenny Perry shot a 3-under-par 67 on Thursday and is tied for the lead in the U.S. Senior Open, putting together a solid start in his bid for a second straight win in a senior major.

Perry, who won the Senior Players Championship two weeks ago at Fox Chapel, Pa., made five birdies against two bogeys at Omaha Country Club.

He has plenty of company atop a crowded leader board.

Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake also shot a 67 in the morning, and Gary Hallberg, Mark O'Meara, Tom Lehman, and Fred Funk posted the same score in the afternoon.

Chien Soon Lu, Peter Senior, Rocco Mediate, and 2010 champion Bernhard Langer shots 68s and were one back of the leaders.

George Forster, head pro at Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova, overcame bogeys on each of his first three holes to shoot an even-par 70. Forster, who began his round on the 10th hole, birdied four of the next eight holes after his shaky start, and made a big 12-foot putt to save par on his 17th hole of the day.

"I think it was a matter of just settling down and becoming comfortable," Forster said. "This is a totally different environment with a lot of people around. But after the 12th hole, I struck the ball well and I putted well. I was very pleased with the round, especially given the way I started."

Champions Tour player Joe Daley, a Plymouth Whitemarsh High graduate, opened with a 72.

N.J. Open

ORADELL, N.J. - With amateur Benjamin Smith holding a big lead heading into the final round of the $75,000 New Jersey Open, Frank Esposito set his sights on taking home the $15,000 check awarded to the low professional.

The 50-year-old head pro at Brooklake in Florham Park not only got the check, he got the trophy, too.

"Overall I am happy with the week," said the 26-year-old Smith, of Voorhees, the low amateur in finishing fourth. "I am satisfied. It was a good run in trying to defend. There are always other tournaments."

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