Inman, the two-time defending champion at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif., is in position for victory No. 3 after opening in 6-under-par 65. Gary McCord and Gil Morgan are two shots back after shooting a pair of 67s.
Inman has won twice on the Senior circuit, both coming at this tournament. Should he win once again, Inman would join Rodriguez, Irwin, Charles and Archer as the only men to win the same Senior Tour event three consecutive years.
While Inman is trying to successfully defend his title this week, McCord is hoping for a chance to do the same at next week's IR Senior Tour Championship. The top 31 on the money list following the SBC Classic qualify for the season finale. McCord is currently in 32nd position, $8,000 behind Graham Marsh. Marsh is tied for 41st after a first round 1-over-par 73.