Erskine and Chapman lead at PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship

By Craig Dolch
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2016) – Randy Erskine did something Tuesday for the fourth time in his career, something few golfers accomplish.
He bettered his age by three shots, firing an 8-under 64 to take the first-round lead in the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship (60 and older) at PGA Golf Club.
“I started thinking about it during the round, then I said, 'Don’t get ahead of yourself,” said Erskine, a 67-year-old retired PGA Professional from Lake Orion, Mich. “It’s fun to do it. I think it’s a milestone every golfer thinks about when they get into their mid-60s. I think it gets easier as you get older, as long as you stay healthy.”
Erskine, who spent five years on the PGA Tour in the 1970s, leads by two shots over Mike San Filippo (66) and Bill Schumaker (66), who won their age groups in last week’s PGA Quarter Century Championship, and former Champions Tour member James Mason (66). Ed Sabo, Rick Pohle and Jim Sheerin are tied for fifth after 67s on the Ryder Course.
“It’s easy to shoot a round like that when you keep the ball in play and make a bunch of putts,” said Erskine, who missed just two greens.
Walt Chapman of Knoxville, Tenn., shot a 9-under 63 on the Wanamaker Course to lead the 50-59 division by two shots over David Carich of Noblesville, Ind.  
Mark Faulkner of Marion, Ill., is tied for third at 66 with Mark Mielke of Palm Beach Gardens and Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah.
“My driver was a little crooked, but I hit my irons well and I putted really well,” said Faulkner. “I missed a couple of short ones, but I made most of the ones I needed to make.”
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Tuesday’s first-round scores from the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship (ages 50-59) on the par-72 Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.: 
Walt Chapman, Knoxville, Tenn.    31-32–63
David Carich, Noblesville, Ind.    33-32–65
Mark Faulkner, Marion, Ill.    34-32–66
Mark Mielke, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    33-33–66
Steve Schneiter, Sandy, Utah    33-33–66
Craig Thomas, White Plains, N.Y.    32-36–68
Mike Diffley, Pelham, N.Y.    34-35–69
Bruce Zabriski, Jupiter, Fla.    35-34–69
Rick Lewallen, Kannapolis, N.C.    34-35–69
Brian Fogt, Wildwood, Mo.    36-33–69
JC Anderson, O Fallon, Mo.    36-33–69
Kammy Maxfeldt, Westport, Conn.    36-33–69
David Quinn, Marlton, N.J.    35-34–69
Bill Andrews, Portsmouth, N.H.    35-35–70
Kirk Hanefeld, Acton, Mass.    35-35–70
Mike Martin, New Haven, Conn.    34-36–70
Michael Tucker, St. Louis, Mo.    34-36–70
Rick Schuller, Chester, Va.    33-37–70
Rick Morton, Jacksonville, N.C.    35-35–70
Nash Haxel, St. Louis, Mo.    36-34–70
Kirk Stauffer, Bradford, Pa.    34-37–71
Tom Atchison, Silver Lake, Ohio    36-35–71
Chris Dachisen, Warren, N.J.    36-35–71
Robert Thompson, Huntsville, Texas    34-37–71
Cary Hungate, Kokomo, Ind.    37-34–71
Rob Sedorcek, Ballwin, Mo.    39-32–71
Bill Breen, Nashville, Tenn.    37-34–71
Steve Barber, Victor, N.Y.    34-37–71
Michael O'Connor, Erie, Pa.    35-36–71
Gus Ulrich, Whispering Pines, N.C.    34-37–71
Ed Kirby, Wakefield, R.I.    36-35–71
Gary Trivisonno, Aurora, Ohio    35-37–72
Doug Bauman, North Barrington, Ill.    37-35–72
Mitchell Camp, Aurora, Ohio    35-37–72
Gene Fieger, Naples, Fla.    36-36–72
Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga.    36-36–72
Rod Nuckolls, Overland Park, Kan.    36-36–72
Richard von Tacky, Titusville, Pa.    34-38–72
Tim Fleming, Oklahoma City, Okla.    38-34–72
Jon Hoecker, Rochester, N.Y.    37-35–72
Dirk Schultz, Hagerstown, Md.    37-35–72
Craig Stevens, Dallas, Ga.    36-36–72
Brian Cairns, walled lake, Mich.    35-37–72
Peter Serafimoff, New Smyrna beach, Fla.    38-35–73
Bob Lennon, Wilmington, Del.    36-37–73
Kevin Muir, Birmingham, Mich.    36-37–73
Randy Wylie, Knoxville, Tenn.    38-35–73
Bret James, Cave Creek, Ariz.    38-35–73
Jim Boyle, Cadillac, Mich.    37-36–73
John Paesani, Mattapoisett, Mass.    35-39–74
Cory George, Lancaster, Ohio    34-40–74
Rick Bronson, Mexico, N.Y.    37-37–74
Quinn Griffing, Fort Wayne, Ind.    34-40–74
Edward Humenik, Palm City, Fla.    38-36–74
David Levine, O Fallon, Mo.    39-35–74
Chip Johnson, Hingham, Mass.    36-38–74
Paul Hollenbaugh, New Albany, Ohio    36-38–74
Chris Black, Lancaster, Ohio    37-37–74
Tim Krapfel, Centerville, Ohio    41-33–74
Jack Druga, Southampton, N.Y.    38-37–75
James Kane, Edmond, Okla.    38-37–75
Jeff Howerton, Evansville, Ind.    41-34–75
Brad Rollinson, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.    37-38–75
Dave Laudien, Wall, N.J.    35-40–75
Robert Meheran, Tampa, Fla.    39-36–75
Peter Procops, Lawrence, N.Y.    37-38–75
Stuart Blasius, Midland Park, N.J.    37-38–75
Steve Bosdosh, Clarksburg, Md.    37-38–75
Bob Darling, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    37-39–76
Charlie Bolling, Glen Cove, N.Y.    39-37–76
Gerry James, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.    35-41–76
Tim Angis, Old Orchard Beach, Maine    38-38–76
Chip Sullivan, Pearl, Miss.    38-38–76
Bernie Hough, West Newton, Pa.    40-36–76
Brad Peck, Madison, Wis.    36-40–76
John Reeves, Bedford, N.Y.    35-41–76
Kevin Savage, Baldwinsville, N.Y.    40-36–76
Denny Dolci, Jupiter, Fla.    38-39–77
Jeb Boyle, State College, Pa.    41-36–77
Bobby Cooke, Louisville, Ky.    40-37–77
Kevin Healy, Sugar Grove, Ill.    39-39–78
David Ranney, Lamoni, Iowa    40-38–78
Jim Smoot, Huntington, N.Y.    41-37–78
Michael Lanzetta, Hightstown, N.J.    40-39–79
Daniel Tzivanis, Greenwich, Conn.    41-38–79
Allen Santos, Tewksbury, Mass.    42-38–80
John Kerins, Hermitage, Pa.    42-38–80
Vince Molesky, Newport, N.H.    40-40–80
Andy Santor, Boardman, Ohio    40-40–80
Bret Watzka, Pearl River, N.Y.    41-40–81
Jeff Tucker, Oklahoma City, Okla.    45-36–81
Mark Anderson, St. Simons Island, Ga.    45-37–82
Mark Thomas, Miami, Fla.    43-39–82
Scott Jenkins, Erie, Pa.    40-42–82
Sam Bradberry, Geneva, Ill.    43-40–83
Bob Stephens, Springboro, Ohio    44-39–83
Joe Potty, Medfield, Mass.    43-41–84
Ray Sowers, Vero Beach, Fla.    39-45–84
Garrett Murphy, Old Greenwich, Conn.    43-41–84
John Dalrymple, Stoughton, Mass.    43-41–84
Tim VandenBerg, Battle Creek, Mich.    43-42–85
Tuesday’s first-round scores from the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship (ages 60-90) on the par-72 Ryder Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.: 
Randy Erskine, Lake Orion, Mich.    32-32–64
Mike San Filippo, Hobe Sound, Fla.    34-32–66
James Mason, Dillard, Ga.    33-33–66
Bill Schumaker, Columbia City, Ind.    34-32–66
Ed Sabo, Pinehurst, N.C.    34-33–67
Rick Pohle, Hatfield, Pa.    32-35–67
Jim Sheerin, Rye Beach, N.H.    34-33–67
Steve Benson, Palm City, Fla.    35-33–68
Bob Ackerman, W. Bloomfield, Mich.    34-35–69
Chris Campbell, Vero Beach, Fla.    34-35–69
Ken Krieger, Cheyenne, Wyo.    35-34–69
Michael Turnesa, Rockville Centre, N.Y.    35-34–69
Bob Dickson, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.    34-35–69
Bobby Heins, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    37-33–70
Gary Baker, Pepper Pike, Ohio    34-36–70
Don Brigham, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    33-37–70
Reed Hughes, Senatobia, Miss.    36-34–70
Bob Meyer, McMurray, Pa.    33-37–70
Denny Ford, Indianapolis, Ind.    35-35–70
Chuck Milne, Vancouver, Wash.    34-36–70
Dan Wood, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    34-36–70
Peter Oakley, Palm City, Fla.    37-33–70
Gary Baker, Naples, Fla.    35-35–70
Lon Nielsen, Orchard Park, N.Y.    36-35–71
Tony Wallin, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    34-37–71
Gary Ostrega, Westfield, N.J.    34-37–71
Jerry Impellittiere, Palm City, Fla.    36-35–71
Dave Kendall, Saline, Mich.    36-35–71
Stephen Stull, Richland, Wash.    36-35–71
Jim Holmes, Northbrook, Ill.    36-35–71
Brian Lowe, Windham, N.Y.    36-35–71
Jimmy Williams, Christiansburg, Va.    35-36–71
Mike Lawrence, Anderson, S.C.    34-38–72
Jack Seltzer, Linden, Mich.    37-35–72
Michael Zaremba, Pueblo West, Colo.    38-34–72
Kevin Morris, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    38-34–72
Herb Moreland, Schenectady, N.Y.    34-38–72
Gary Robison, Canton, Ohio    36-36–72
Donald Padgett, Pinehurst, N.C.    36-36–72
Wendell Coffee, Peachtree City, Ga.    36-36–72
Ken Corliss, Columbus, Ohio    36-36–72
David Glenz, Hamburg, N.J.    35-37–72
Mike Harrigan, Chicago, Ill.    34-38–72
Bob Bilbo, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    36-36–72
Mal Galletta, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    36-36–72
Roger Kennedy, Stuart, Fla.    37-35–72
Jim Logue, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    35-37–72
Curt McCormick, Crewe, Va.    35-37–72
Marion Heck, Fort Myers, Fla.    36-36–72
Lynn Rosely, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    37-35–72
Bill Erfurth, Northbrook, Ill.    36-36–72
Butch Butler, Lusby, Md.    35-38–73
Jerry Swain, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    38-35–73
Roy Vucinich, Moon Township, Pa.    35-38–73
Jerry Tucker, Stuart, Fla.    35-38–73
Freddy Gibson, Orlando, Fla.    37-36–73
Bob Barto, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    36-37–73
Bob Zimmerman, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    36-37–73
Mike Caporale, Manhasset, N.Y.    37-37–74
Randy Hunt, Portland, Ind.    37-37–74
Kevin Wilczewski, Lexington, Mass.    38-36–74
Nick Manolios, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    38-36–74
Tom Kammann, Baneberry, Tenn.    37-37–74
Bruce Martins, Cortland, N.Y.    38-37–75
Gary Anderson, Hampton, Va.    37-38–75
Lynn Janson, Hastings, Mich.    34-41–75
Fred Harkness, Jupiter, Fla.    38-37–75
Carl Pedersen, Gulf Breeze, Fla.    36-39–75
Earl Svenningsen, Sedona, Ariz.    36-39–75
Gary Lockie, Fort Pierce, Fla.    35-40–75
Bill Moser, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    37-38–75
Pat Delaney, Springfield, Ohio    39-37–76
Steve Wells, Dowagiac, Mich.    38-38–76
Gregory Hurd, Manhasset, N.Y.    39-37–76
Tom Fortuna, W. Bloomfield, Mich.    39-37–76
Steve Heckel, Carterville, Ill.    35-41–76
Jim Buchanan, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    39-37–76
Bob Placido, Indianapolis, Ind.    36-40–76
Mike Brengard, Edwardsville, Ill.    38-38–76
Kim Gianatsis, Hammond, La.    41-36–77
Patrick Fitzsimons, Wilsonville, Ore.    39-38–77
Terry Carlson, Harbor Springs, Mich.    36-41–77
Bill Miller, Fort Wayne, Ind.    37-40–77
Charlie Moore, New London, Conn.    37-40–77
Nunzio Ciampi, Palm City, Fla.    39-38–77
Earl Puckett, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    37-40–77
Tom Cann, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    41-37–78
Jay Horton, Chestertown, Md.    38-40–78
Buddy Goodwin, Elyria, Ohio    38-40–78
Phil Newcamp, Pittsburgh, Pa.    39-39–78
Mike Hall, Cedar Rapids, Iowa    40-38–78
Robert Moreland, Ottumwa, Iowa    40-38–78
Tom Joyce, Huntington, N.Y.    39-39–78
Stephen Lundquist, East Kingston, N.H.    40-39–79
Doug Main, Port St. Lucie, Fla.    39-40–79
Gary Benoit, Palm City, Fla.    42-37–79
Lloyd Monroe, Spring Lake, N.J.    39-40–79
Larry Mancour, Conway, Mich.    41-38–79
Gregg Baker, Yarmouth, Maine    41-39–80
Gary Groh, Highland Park, Ill.    38-42–80
Matthew Kleiner, Callicoon, N.Y.    41-40–81
John Long, Henderson, Nev.    40-41–81
Bob Joyce, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    43-38–81
Jay Dolan, Haines City, Fla.    39-42–81
Ray Goddard, Terre Haute, Ind.    42-39–81
Art Proctor, Edmond, Okla.    40-41–81
Denny Lyons, Fort Pierce, Fla.    39-43–82
Frederick Gipp, Yaphank, N.Y.    40-43–83
Stoney Brown, Bellevue, Idaho    40-43–83
Bob Afton, West Palm Beach, Fla.    44-39–83
Mike Joyce, Amelia Island, Fla.    41-42–83
John Rainieri, Uniontown, Ohio    45-38–83
Bob Ross, Washington, N.J.    42-42–84
Dick Johnson, Saint Croix Falls, Wis.    41-44–85
Sonny Rhodes, Austin, Texas    42-46–88
Pat Kenny, Landrum, S.C.    46-42–88
John Scheffler, Brewster, Mass.    44-45–89