Bolling and Britton share 36-hole lead at windswept Southworth Senior PNC

Bill Britton at the Southworth Senior PNC
Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America
Bill Britton searched for his ball among the falling fall foliage on 11th hole at Creighton Farms on Friday, but went on to grab a share of the halfway lead.
By
Randy Stutzman and Bob Denney
The PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

ALDIE, Va. - With cold, blustery conditions creating hurdles for most of the field, Charlie Bolling of Glen Cove, N.Y., and 2009 Champion Bill Britton of Colts Neck, N.J., were on cruise control Friday in the 24th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

Bolling posted a 3-under-par 69 and Britton turned in a 70 at Creighton Farms, to grab a one-stroke lead after the second round while scores went soaring among a field of 264 players representing 43 states.

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Their 36-hole total of 141 is a stroke better than first-round co-leader Bob Gaus of St. Louis, who had a 73 to head a group of four players at 142. That contingent also includes Steve Parker of Houston, Texas; Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga.; and Eddie Teresa of Waukesha, Wis.

Overall, 76 players made the cut at 7-over-par 151, with the final 36 holes being hosted Saturday and Sunday at Creighton Farms. Only six players were able to break par during the challenging conditions.

Gusts that reached 20-plus miles per hour also caused tough scoring conditions at River Creek Club in Leesburg, Va., the other host venue in the National Championship. Jim Blair of Odgen, Utah, thanks to a hard-earned 73, was the low performer for 36 holes at River Creek at even-par 144.

Bolling, a 54-year-old PGA Life Member, was the PGA head professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y., from 1997-2011. It is the same facility where reigning PGA Professional National Champion Matt Dobyns serves as head professional.

"It would be pretty cool to have both Matt and I win those Championships in the same year," said Bolling. "But there is a long way to go, that's for sure."

Bolling, who played his opening round at River Creek Club, knew that Creighton Farms would be an extremely tough test.

"The greens here at Creighton Farms are much quicker than the other course [River Creek Club], and I was focused on getting the speed right on every putt," said Bolling. "And I was pleased with how I putted, and overall just how well I hit ball all day."

After opening with a 72 Thursday, Bolling turned in a near flawless performance at Creighton Farms. He collected four birdies, including both par-5s on the back nine, to offset a lone bogey.

"I had a lot of makeable birdie putts that ended up being easy pars and also made a few birdies when I had the chance," said Bolling. "And, when I hit bad tee shots, I was able to recover. My game is definitely moving in the right direction."

Britton used his trademark consistency to post his second consecutive sub-par round. He eagled the par-4 second hole and added a birdie at the par-5 third.

"I got off to a really good start today and was able to hang on with these tough, windy conditions," said Britton. "I played here last year and this is a really tough golf course. A lot of things went well for me."

Britton won the 2009 Championship with a 72-hole record-breaking score of 18-under-par 270 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and understands what is needed to capture a National Championship.

"This is a really strong field and I need to play well this weekend to have a chance," said Britton. "I have to be patient, take it one shot at a time and not try too hard. It's pretty boring, but it's true."

Gaus, the PGA teaching professional at Tower Tee Golf Center in St. Louis, continued his solid play with a second-round 73 at Creighton Farms.

"I felt like I shot a couple under par on this golf course. It's pretty hard," said Gaus. "I only missed four greens all day and made a whole bunch of pars. Par is a great score out here."

Jim Woodward of Edmond, Okla., with a 2-under-par 70, registered the lowest round at River Creek Friday, but was well back of the leaders at 148.

"This course is definitely much different that what we faced at Creighton Farms; the greens are a bit slower and the breeze had its effect on me," said Carl Cooper of Humble, Texas, who has the distinction of making 11 birdies in two rounds, but stands at 3-over-par 145. "I couldn't quite get the speed on them, but as we know in golf, you have to hang in there and take it and play hard. It's a very unique golf course. It's not easy, it looks fairly easy. But the breeze made it tough."

"The wind is really tough today," said Mike Lawrence of Anderson, S.C., who birdied 16 and 18 at River Creek to land in a group at 145. "I made double bogey on the short par-4 (No. 12), where you are thinking about birdie. I hit the green and the ball spun back into the water. Golf is taking what you've got and making it work. Conditions like this, the short game is really important."

Begun in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional National Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional National Championship, with a field of 50-and-older senior PGA Professionals who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from July through September each year.

The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2012 Champions Tour National Finals. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a Champions Tour career.

Second-round scores:

Charlie Bolling, Glen Cove, N.Y.    72-69--141
Bill Britton, Colts Neck, N.J.    71-70--141
Bob Gaus, St. Louis, Mo.    69-73--142
Steve Parker, Houston, Texas    70-72--142
Eddie Terasa, Waukesha, Wis.    70-72--142
Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga.    71-71--142
James Blair, Ogden, Utah    71-73--144
Kirk Hanefeld, Acton, Mass.    70-74--144
Carl Cooper, Humble, Texas    70-75--145
Mike Lawrence, Anderson, S.C.    70-75--145
Greg Baker, Boonton, N.J.    72-73--145
Jeff Coston, Blaine, Wash.    74-72--146
Robert Thompson, Huntsville, Texas    72-74--146
Quinn Griffing, Fort Wayne, Ind.    71-75--146
Audie Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn.    73-74--147
Stuart Smith, Reno, Nev.    73-74--147
Gary Groh, Highland Park, Ill.    71-76--147
Chris Starkjohann, Oceanside, Calif.    71-76--147
Mike Miles, Huntington Beach, Calif.    70-77--147
Jim Woodward, Edmond, Okla.    78-70--148
Bob Wolcott, Tunica Resorts, Miss.    73-75--148
Peter Oakley, Palm City, Fla.    71-77--148
Barry Evans, Charleston, W. Va.    76-72--148
Chris Dachisen, Warren, N.J.    75-73--148
Mitch Adams, Troy, N.C.    71-77--148
Bruce Nakamura, Vista, Calif.    69-79--148
Gary Robison, Canton, Ohio    70-78--148
Rick Karbowski, Worcester, Mass.    74-74--148
Dal Daily, Albuquerque, N.M.    74-74--148
Scott Spence, Galena, Ohio    74-74--148
Paul Trittler, Scottsdale, Ariz.    73-75--148
Mark Mielke, East Norwich, N.Y.    70-79--149
Joey Carranza, Fall City, Wash.    74-75--149
Ed Sabo, Tequesta, Fla.    75-74--149
James Kane, Edmond, Okla.    75-74--149
Perry Arthur, Plano, Texas    76-73--149
Lee Rinker, Jupiter, Fla.    71-78--149
Jeff Whitfield, Weldon Spring, Mo.    76-73--149
Michael Mitchell, Rancho Mirage, Calif.    74-75--149
Billy Sitton, Houston, Texas    76-73--149
Ralph Salito, Sherman, Conn.    74-75--149
Don Sweeting, Pinehurst, N.C.    74-75--149
Fran Marrello, Plymouth, Conn.    75-74--149
John Carney, Hoover, Ala.    71-78--149
Shawn McEntee, Petaluma, Calif.    74-75--149
Steve Veriato, San Marcos, Texas    74-75--149
Chris Tucker, Fort Mill, S.C.    75-75--150
Rob Phelps, Fayetteville, N.Y.    72-78--150
Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, Fla.    72-78--150
Ron Skayhan, Huntington Beach, Calif.    74-76--150
Gene Fieger, Naples, Fla.    74-76--150
Freddy Gibson, Orlando, Fla.    72-78--150
Leigh Brannan, Canton, Miss.    75-75--150
Bud Lintelman, Purcellville, Va.    73-77--150
Jim Empey, Boise, Idaho    72-78--150
Tim Parun, San Diego, Calif.    73-77--150
Tommy Brannen, Augusta, Ga.    75-75--150
Ron Beurmann, Jackson, Mich.    71-80--151
Tom Sutter, Mount Vernon, N.Y.    76-75--151
Nash Haxel, St. Louis, Mo.    76-75--151
Billy Rosinia, Indian Head Park, Ill.    72-79--151
Bill Loeffler, Littleton, Colo.    74-77--151
George Forster, Villanova, Pa.    75-76--151
Jeff Thomsen, Boise, Idaho    75-76--151
Bill Stines, Columbus, Ohio    75-76--151
Roy Vucinich, Moon Township, Pa.    74-77--151
JC Anderson, O'Fallon, Mo.    77-74--151
Bobby Hogan, Tonawanda, N.Y.    77-74--151
Rod Nuckolls, Wichita, Kan.    70-81--151
Bob Ford, Oakmont, Pa.    75-76--151
Don Berry, Brooklyn Park, Minn.    78-73--151
David Young, Scarborough, N.Y.    74-77--151
William Dodd, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.    77-74--151
Joe Butler, Burlington, Iowa    73-78--151
Ralph West, Surprise, Ariz.    78-73--151
Jerry Tucker, Stuart, Fla.    77-74--151
 
Missed the Cut

Mark Sherman, Martinez, Calif.    76-76--152
Greg Farrow, Westampton, N.J.    71-81--152
Ken Martin, Wellington, Fla.    75-77--152
Kim Thompson, Salt Lake City, Utah    77-75--152
Joe Boros, Saxonburg, Pa.    71-81--152
Bob Ackerman, W. Bloomfield, Mich.    75-77--152
Mike Zinni, North Mankato, Minn.    77-75--152
Tim White, Midlothian, Va.    76-76--152
Tom Atchison, Stow, Ohio    75-77--152
Bill Israelson, Staples, Minn.    70-82--152
Rob Wilkin, Lenexa, Kan.    75-77--152
Kevin Hayashi, Hilo, Hawaii    77-75--152
Rick Lewallen, Kannapolis, N.C.    75-77--152
Bobby Heins, Purchase, N.Y.    75-78--153
Pat Stephens, Richmond, Ky.    73-80--153
David Thore, Wilmington, N.C.    74-79--153
Jim Sobb, Barrington, Ill.    76-77--153
Gary Sowinski, Schererville, Ind.    72-81--153
Daniel Wilkins, Laconia, N.H.    78-75--153
Frank Mellet, Voorheesville, N.Y.    81-72--153
Rick Morton, Jacksonville, N.C.    74-79--153
Brad Apple, Perrysburg, Ohio    75-78--153
Steven Gotsche, Great Bend, Kan.    79-74--153
Doug Rohrbaugh, Carbondale, Colo.    76-77--153
Jeff Marsh, Vancouver, Wash.    78-75--153
Dave Kendall, Saline, Mich.    76-78--154
Troy Schleicher, The Woodlands, Texas    74-80--154
Mike Burke, Towaco, N.J.    76-78--154
Randy Erskine, Lake Orion, Mich.    76-78--154
Bill King, Spring Lake, N.J.    75-79--154
John Calabria, Naples, Fla.    77-77--154
Robert Linville, Greensboro, N.C.    75-79--154
Shawn Kelly, Auburn, Calif.    75-79--154
Doug Perry, Fort Collins, Colo.    76-78--154
Mark Houser, Kingsport, Tenn.    75-79--154
Dean Sumner, Callao, Va.    80-74--154
Butch Sheehan, Rancho Mirage, Calif.    79-75--154
Ron Castillo, Lihue, Hawaii    78-76--154
Chuck Milne, Vancouver, Wash.    80-74--154
Craig Stevens, Dallas, Ga.    75-79--154
Jim White, Lincoln, Neb.    75-79--154
Ken Krieger, Cheyenne, Wyo.    77-77--154
John Francisco, Westminster, Md.    80-74--154
Stu Ingraham, Newtown Square, Pa.    79-75--154
Carlton Blewett, Roswell, N.M.    79-75--154
Bill Sautter, Ocean City, N.J.    75-79--154
Fred Holton, Phenix City, Ala.    78-76--154
Mark Faulkner, Marion, Ill.    74-80--154
John Kerins, Hermitage, Pa.    79-75--154
Chris Black, Lancaster, Ohio    79-76--155
Danny Elkins, Roswell, Ga.    78-77--155
Kevin DeNike, Davenport, Iowa    77-78--155
Mike Nokes, San Diego, Calif.    75-80--155
Philip Miranda, Austin, Texas    75-80--155
Mike Caporale, Manhasset, N.Y.    73-82--155
John Nelson, Coral Springs, Fla.    77-78--155
Michael Cook, Sonora, Calif.    76-79--155
Steve Brady, Oakland Township, Mich.    76-79--155
Rea Schuessler, Gulf Shores, Ala.    75-80--155
David Carich, Noblesville, Ind.    78-77--155
Pete Busch, Kenilworth, N.J.    78-77--155
Donald Hurter, Castle Rock, Colo.    78-77--155
Mick Soli, San Carlos, Calif.    81-75--156
Willie Smith, Locust Grove, Ga.    78-78--156
Ken McDonald, Houston, Texas    79-77--156
Danny Loken, Fifty Lakes, Minn.    81-75--156
John Paesani, Mattapiosett, Mass.    73-83--156
Russ Davis, Acworth, Ga.    80-76--156
Larry Mackin, Queen Creek, Ariz.    78-78--156
Jon Corliss, Virginia Beach, Va.    74-82--156
Bill Mory, Haslett, Mich.    77-79--156
Denny Ford, Indianapolis, Ind.    76-80--156
Cleve Coldwater, Clarks Summit, Pa.    73-83--156
Kevin Muir, Birmingham, Mich.    80-76--156
Kris Moe, Santa Rosa, Calif.    77-79--156
Edward Whitman, Blairstown, N.J.    79-78--157
Paul Parajeckas, Woburn, Mass.    77-80--157
Michael Baker, Hermon, Maine    82-75--157
Eddie Mudd, Louisville, Ky.    78-79--157
Roger Mack, Marietta, Ga.    80-77--157
Thomas Herzan, Findlay, Ohio    81-76--157
John Lee, Naples, Fla.    80-77--157
Ty Roush, Mason, W. Va.    76-81--157
Tom Joyce, Huntington, N.Y.    77-80--157
Jim Pike, Sammamish, Wash.    79-78--157
Jim Cichra, Pittsburgh, Pa.    80-77--157
Bruce Zabriski, Rye, N.Y.    80-77--157
Glen Stubblefield, Valley Springs, Calif.    76-81--157
Jeff Smith, Oskaloosa, Iowa    76-82--158
Mike Borich, Salt Lake City, Utah    83-75--158
Wayne DeFrancesco, Columbia, Md.    79-79--158
Scott Sommers, Frederick, Colo.    78-80--158
John Aubrey, Butler, Pa.    80-78--158
Lee Houtteman, Glen Arbor, Mich.    80-78--158
Mark Kirk, East Aurora, N.Y.    79-79--158
Michael Zaremba, Pueblo West, Colo.    79-79--158
Darrell Kestner, Glen Cove, N.Y.    75-83--158
Paul Norris, Dallas, Texas    72-86--158
Perry Holmes, Denver, Colo.    74-84--158
Roger Gunn, Oak Park, Calif.    78-80--158
Fred Haney, Tigard, Ore.    74-85--159
Rodney Blair, Hamburg, N.Y.    76-83--159
Mike Antonio, Omaha, Neb.    77-82--159
Walt Chapman, Knoxville, Tenn.    79-80--159
Steve Munson, Greeneville, Tenn.    82-77--159
Steve Bosdosh, Clarksburg, Md.    78-81--159
Mark Ruthey, Port Byron, Ill.    79-80--159
Stu Nelson, Herriman, Utah    76-83--159
Dale Jones, Eagan, Minn.    76-83--159
Jim Gaugert, Lake Geneva, Wis.    80-79--159
Daniel Hornig, San Jacinto, Calif.    78-81--159
Frank Dobbs, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    71-88--159
Tony Malatesta, Huntley, Ill.    77-82--159
Rick Bronson, Mexico, N.Y.    83-77--160
John Bermel, Cedar Falls, Iowa    80-80--160
Ronny Glanton, Richardson, Texas    81-79--160
Tom Sullivan, Sheffield, Mass.    75-85--160
Pat McTigue, Tulsa, Okla.    75-85--160
Chuck Young, Duncanville, Texas    77-83--160
Rob Horak, Fairport, N.Y.    78-82--160
John Godwin, Pine Mountain, Ga.    84-76--160
Michael Brooks, Naples, Fla.    81-79--160
Bill Sellers, Orlando, Fla.    80-80--160
Bill Andrews, Greenland, N.H.    78-82--160
David Levine, O'Fallon, Mo.    78-82--160
Gary Knapp, Boca Raton, Fla.    77-83--160
Randy Helton, Shelbyville, Tenn.    79-81--160
Skip Tredway, Omaha, Neb.    78-83--161
Mike Parrish, Madison, Ala.    83-78--161
Rick Neal, Springfield, Mo.    77-84--161
John Graham, Idaho Falls, Idaho    77-84--161
John Schneider, Mount Pleasant, Wis.    82-79--161
Mo Guttman, Sarasota, Fla.    81-80--161
Steve Groves, Columbus, Ohio    78-83--161
Rick Cole, Eaton, Colo.    79-82--161
Kevin Syring, Demarest, N.J.    81-81--162
Jay Taise, Waikoloa, Hawaii    79-83--162
Rob Gibbons, Molalla, Ore.    79-83--162
Daniel Thore, Reidsville, N.C.    77-85--162
Mike Smith, Titusville, Fla.    75-87--162
Rodney Wilson, Burlingame, Calif.    78-84--162
Gary Trivisonno, Aurora, Ohio    77-86--163
Peter Serafimoff, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.    78-85--163
Ken Corliss, Columbus, Ohio    78-85--163
Jeffrey Shaw, Seattle, Wash.    89-74--163
Tom Dolby, Berlin, Wis.    76-87--163
Pat Delaney, Springfield, Ohio    84-79--163
Phil Taylor, Atlanta, Ga.    78-85--163
Mike Hamblin, Twin Falls, Idaho    84-79--163
Jimmy Hamilton, Knightdale, N.C.    83-81--164
Dennis Myrick, Glenshaw, Pa.    82-82--164
Mick DeKorver, Grand Rapids, Mich.    78-86--164
Garry Nelson, Florence, Ky.    87-77--164
Jim Karr, Palm Beach, Fla.    79-85--164
Craig Campo, Alexandria, La.    76-88--164
Don Allan, Cherry Hill, N.J.    75-89--164
Jim Slattery, Clearwater, Fla.    77-87--164
Paul Jaycox, Cobleskill, N.Y.    82-83--165
Bob Lendzion, Las Vegas, Nev.    85-80--165
Gerry James, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.    79-86--165
Mark Gardner, Spokane, Wash.    78-87--165
Kim Dolan, Las Vegas, Nev.    77-88--165
Lance Taketa, Hilo, Hawaii    79-86--165
Don DeAngelis, Norristown, Pa.    82-84--166
Ted Perez, Westfield, Mass.    85-81--166
Daniel Koesters, Las Cruces, N.M.    81-85--166
Stephen Diemoz, Portsmouth, R.I.    86-81--167
Dick Wagley, Winnetka, Ill.    81-86--167
David Nolan, Ray Township, Mich.    85-82--167
Stanley Cooke, Homosassa, Fla.    79-88--167
Scott Steger, Anderson, Ind.    85-82--167
Richard Prange, Mount Prospect, Ill.    81-86--167
Steve Cox, Hodgenville, Ky.    84-84--168
Doug Bauman, N. Barrington, Ill.    81-88--169
Matt Vandelac, Hayward, Wis.    84-85--169
Doug Dunbar, Columbus, Neb.    84-86--170
David DeSantis, Salt Lake City, Utah    76-94--170
Bill Sakas, Northbrook, Ill.    78-92--170
Jim Phenicie, Houston, Texas    88-82--170
Matt Stireman, Jackson Hole, Wyo.    86-86--172
John Sikes, Frankston, Texas    90-82--172
Lawrence Auer, Mobile, Ala.    84-90--174
Don Germer, Omaha, Neb.    80-95--175
Russell Schreiber, Fayetteville, N.Y.    88-87--175
Ray Lamb, Crawford, Texas    90-89--179
Gavin Darbyshire, Venice, Fla.    86-96--182
Rob SHUEY, Mechanicsburg, Pa.    NC--NC
Dennis WINTERS, Bishopville, Md.    DQ--DQ