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Rookie Rachels Shares BellSouth Lead

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Sammy Rachels and Allen Doyle each opened in 6-under-par 66 to share the 18-hole lead in the BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland in Nashville, Tenn.

The duo is one shot clear of Terry Mauney, Howard Twitty, Tom Kite, Joe Inman and Tom Wargo ' all of who fired 5-under-par 67s.
 
Neither Rachels nor Doyle have won this season; though, Doyle has 12 top-10 finishes in 15 starts.
 
Rachels is in his first season on the Senior PGA Tour. The 50-year-old Floridian won the 2000 Southern PGA Club Professional Championship. He earned full-exemption onto the tour by finishing sixth in the National Qualifying Tournament.
 
Despite back problems, Rachels played on the PGA Tour from 1975 to 1985 and had 11 top-10 finishes in 123-career starts.
 
Thursday, Rachels recorded eight birdies and two bogeys to tie his lowest round of the season.
 
Full-field scores from the BellSouth Senior Classic

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