The first of six sessions held this week is being played at Rio Rico Resort in Rio Rico, Ariz. Butch Sheehan continued his solid play in the third round with a 2-under-par 70. For 54-holes, he stands at 4-under 212, and is one shot ahead of Dwight Nevill at 3-under. Alan Tapie and Bob Campbell share a tie for third at 2-under 214. The top 14 players from this match will qualify for the final stage.
The next set of matches is being conducted at the MetroWest Country Club in Orlando, Fla. Jay Overton holds a commanding six-shot lead there at 12-under 204. Dan Wood is his nearest competitor at 6-under 210. Fourteen players will also advance from this session to the final stage later this month.
Marsh Creek Country Club in St. Augustine, Fla. is also hosting the seniors this week. Through three rounds, Jerry Tucker holds a one shot lead over George Burns at 8-under-par 208. He shot a round of even-par 72 Thursday in his efforts to advance to the next stage. Fifteen players will be fortunate enough to do this from the Marsh Creek facility.
Bobby Cornett leads the field by four strokes with a 54-hole total of 204 at Canyon Springs Golf Club in San Antonio, Tx. He fired a fine 67 on Thursday to open up the lead over Dave Ojala, who shot a 66 of his own on this third day. Only 13 players will advance from San Antonio to compete at the Disney Resort in a month.
California is also serving as a stop for senior qualifying this week, at the PGA Southern California Golf Club in Calimesa. The top 13 participants here will advace to the final stage, and after three rounds, it is Yoshi Yamamoto leading the way at 3-under-par 213. He and Bobby Walzel, who resides in second place at 2-under-par, are the only players in the field under par for 54-holes.
Finally, at the Moors Golf Club in Milton, Fla., the last stop for this first stage of senior qualifying, rain was the winner Thursday, as the round was halted before play was complete. The golf will resume Friday, with the final round scheduled for Saturday. Sammy Rachels and Bill Anderson share the lead through the first two rounds.