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Craig Thomas, Kirk Hanefeld lead PGA Winter Championships Senior Stroke Play

By Craig Dolch
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2017) – Craig Thomas fired a 64 and Kirk Hanefeld a 65 to lead their divisions Monday in the PGA Winter Championships Senior Stoke Play at PGA Golf Club.

Thomas of White Plains, N.Y. played his last six holes in six-under on the Wanamaker Course to take a two-shot lead over former PGA Tour winner Neal Lancaster in the 50-59 division.

 “I haven’t had that feeling in a while … forever,” Thomas, the Head PGA Professional at Metropolis Golf Club in White Plains, N.Y, said of his torrid finish. “I hit it pretty well and I made some putts.”

Lancaster, who won the 1994 Byron Nelson Classic, shot a bogey-free 66. Steve Schneiter and Michael Tucker are tied for third with 67s.

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Hanefeld also was bogey free during his 65 on the Ryder Course to lead Hobe Sound’s Mike San Filippo by two shots. San Filippo (67) lost in a playoff to Stu Ingraham in last week’s Quarter Century Championship.

Jerry Tucker, who won his division of the Quarter Century Championship with a back-handed chip on the last hole, is third with a 68.

The 54-hole event ends Wednesday.

The PGA Winter Championships are presented by GolfAdvisor.com and PrimeSport.

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