Tucker, 53, routed Jason Gobleck of White Plains, N.Y., 5 and 4, and is among six seniors who have made to the fourth round. Tucker meets Robert Jan of Northbrook, Ill., Thursday.
'I've played as good as I can play the last two days,' Tucker said. 'I've been 4-under par both days and I've had only one bogey so far,' losing to Gobleck's par at the par-3 13th hole on the Dye course. Tucker got off to a quick start with birdies at Nos. 1, 3 and 5. The 1999 champion, Tucker drew a first round bye and beat Rusty Gunnarson of Mattapoisett, Mass., Tuesday, 6 and 5, winning the first four holes, the third and fourth with birdies.
In other key results Wednesday, Rick Vershure of Armonk, N.Y., the winner in 1990 and 1993, beat Frank Bensel of Purchase, N.Y., 2 and 1, and Lonnie Nielsen of East Aurora, N.Y., back-to-back champion in 1987-88, lost to Frank Dully of Salem, Mass., 3 and 2.
'I really played well,' Dully said. 'I had four birdies and I was 4-under par for 16 holes.' Dully won the first, ninth and 10th holes with birdies and both birdied the par-5 fifth hole for a halve. Nielsen won the 11th and 15th with birdies.
In a second round match completed Wednesday morning after being suspended by darkness Tuesday, Ed Humenik of Palm City, two putted from 15 feet to win the par-5 10th hole, the first they played and the 20th overall to outlast Lynn Janson of Ada, Mich. Later in the day, Humenik eliminated Chip Johnson of North Scituate, Mass., 3 and 2.
The $52,130 championship continues through Monday with the winner earning $4,500, the runnerup $2,800.
John Hickson, West Brook, Maine, d. Mo Guttman, Boston, Mass., 2 and 1.
Allen Santos, Lowell, Mass., d. Mike Melton, Old Westbury, N.Y., 6 and 4.
Robert Jan, Northbrook, Ill., d. Colin Amaral, Hamden, Conn., 2 and 1.
Jerry Tucker, Stuart, d. Jason Gobleck, White Plains, N.Y., 5 and 4.
Jim Smoot, Huntington, N.Y., d. Denny Ford, Indianapolis, Ind., 2 and 1.
Brad Peck, Madison, Wis., d. David Comstock, Port St. Lucie, 4 and 3.
Andy Shuman, Lake Zurick, Ill., d. Kevin Morris, Armonk, N.Y., 2 and 1.
Bob Ralston, Little Rock, Ark., d. Jeff Schroeder, Indianapolis, Ind., 2 and 1.
Robert Sedorcek, St. Louis, Mo., d. Rocco Cambareri, Yorktown, N.Y., 1-up.
Dan Tzivanis, Stamford, Conn., d. Kirk Hanefeld, Westford, Mass., 3 and 2.
Steve Heckel, Carterville, Ill., d. Joe Felder, Greenwich, Conn., 1-up.
Mike Martin, New Haven, Conn., d. John Gatta, West Sayville, N.Y., 3 and 2.
Tom Joyce, Long Island, N.Y., d. Tony DeMaria, Port Chester, N.Y., 2 and 1.
Sam Olson, Redding, Conn., d. Dino Lucchesi, Round Lake Beach, Ill., 3 and 2.
Ray Rash, Dayton, Ohio, d. Tim Troy, Woodridge, Ill., 2 and 1.
Cory Crelan, Edgartown, Mass., d. John Pershern, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 2 and 1.
Rick Vershure, Armonk, N.Y., d. Frank Bensel, Purchase, N.Y., 2 and 1.
Randy Cochran, Deerfield, Ill., d. Jamie Fordyce, Asbury Park, N.J., 20th hole.
Tim Angis, Saco, Maine, d. Bill Baldwin, Franklin, Mich., 1-up.
Larry Emery, St. Louis, Mo., d. Nick Manolios, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 5 and 3.
Tony Kelley, Holyoke, Mass., d. Peter Busch, Scotch Plains, N.J., 2 and 1.
Tom Hewes, Red Wing, Minn., d. Bob Darling, Lewiston, Maine, 2 and 1.
Rob Labritz, Fairfield, Conn., d. Tom Sipula, River Vale, N.J., 3 and 2.
Mike Baker Jr., Bar Harbor, Maine, d. Gary Ostrega, Westfield, N.J., 3 and 2.
John Hayes, St. Louis, Mo., d. Bob Afton, West Palm Beach, 1-up.
Jeff Hunter, Columbia, Ill., d. Brett Melton, Chicago, Ill., 1-up.
Joe Cordani, Simsbury, Conn., d. Lee Danielian, Southborough, Mass., 1-up.
Chris Campbell, Vero Beach, d. John DiMarco, Mount Laurel, N.J., 4 and 3.
Frank Dully II, Salem, Mass., d. Lonnie Nielsen, East Aurora, N.Y., 3 and 2.
Jerry Impellittiere, New Windsor, N.Y., d. Ray Ford, Scarsdale, N.Y., 1-up.
Dan Fabian, West Palm Beach, d. Mike Demakos, Los Angeles, Calif., 6 and 5.
Ed Humenik, Palm City, d. Chip Johnson, North Scituate, Mass., 3 and 2.