The reluctant senior


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Tom Pernice Jr. has seamlessly assumed the role of reluctant senior.

Pernice, who turned 50 last September, passed on this week’s Senior Players Championship, one of 15 over-50 majors (or so it seems), to play the McGladrey Classic and improve his status on the PGA Tour money list.

“I stuck to my guns and played out here when I got the opportunity,” said Pernice, who is currently 142nd on the money list after 19 Tour events. “If you’re playing well you can compete anywhere. The golf ball doesn’t know how old you are.”

There is a limit to Pernice’s desire to stay in the big leagues, however. Even though he’s outside the top 125 in earnings he didn’t send in a Q-School application. Which means unless he makes a big move in the next few weeks he may have to start acting his age next year.