Brady Exber made it look easy Friday when he won his third consecutive Senior Azalea golf championship at the Country Club of Charleston, but it was anything but easy.

Exber, a retired hotel executive from Las Vegas, Nev., shot a 1-under-par 70 and finished seven shots ahead of second-place Edward Vomastek of Traverse City, Mich. Bill Leonard of Dallas, Ga., and Country Club of Charleston member Bert Atkinson tied for third at 215.

Ted Smith of Wilkinson, Ind., won the Super Senior division with a 1-under-par total of 212. Mike Weiner of Manchester, Md., was second at 215 while Bob Kulp of Savannah and Bob Howe of Larchmont, N.Y., tied for third at 217.

“Sometimes you play better than you’re supposed to. Well, I just played better than I was supposed to this week,” said Exber, who went on to relate an experience this summer at the Senior British Amateur when he was tied for the first-round lead after shooting 69 and ended up missing the cut when he shot 89 in the second round.”

There was nothing quite that dramatic this week. Exber shot 68 in each of the first two rounds and was 4-under on the front nine during Friday’s round. But he gave up those four strokes with bogeys at 10, 11, 13 and 17 before closing with a birdie on the final hole.

“It’s humbling to come here and play well with so many good players in the field,” Exber said. “I haven’t played that well in the (regular) Azalea in the spring. This time of year, I don’t know. The course is a little softer. I honestly love this place and what they do for amateur golf. If the U.S. Golf Association gave out a club of the year this place would win it.”


Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev. 68-68-70—206

Edward Vomastek, Traverse City, Mich. 70-69-74—213

Bill Leonard, Dallas, Ga. 72-72-71—215

Bert Atkinson, Charleston 73-71-71—215

Bill Zylstra, Ocklawah, Fla. 74-72-70—216

Rick Cloninger, Fort Mill 67-74-75—216

Jack Kearney, Peachtree City, Ga. 78-71-68—217

Mark Weston, Windermere, Fla. 71-76-70—217

Emile Vaughan, Pike Road, Ala. 75-71-72—218

Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. 75-71-72—218

Vance Antoniou, North Barrington, Ill. 72-73-74—219

Chris Corn, Rock Hill, 69-75-75—219

Frank Ford, Charleston 73-75-72—220

Tom Humphrey, Chads Ford, Pa. 76-70-74—220

Alan Thielemann, Woodstock, Ga. 77-72-74—223

Tom Hyland, Marlton, N.J. 71-78-74—223

Steve Johnson, Mequon, Wis. 77-70-76—223

John Dennis, Greenville 70-76-77—223

Ramiro Romo, Burlington, Wis. 69-80-75—224

Dennis Helms, Monroe, N.C. 76-78-71—225

Phil Pavoni, Macon, Ga. 77-77-71—225

Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago 78-75-72—225

Daniel Cook, The Woodlands, Texas 73-76-76—225

Pete Allen, Southport, N.C. 78-72-76—226

John Gibbs III, Augusta 75-76-75—226

Kim Mansfield, High Point, N.C. 78-73-75—226


Ted Smith, Wilkinson, Ind. 68-73-71—212

Mike Weiner, Manchester, Md. 72-72-71—215

Bob Kulp, Savannah 74-73-70—217

Bob Howe, Larchmont, N.C. 67-75-75—217

Bill Engle, Alexandria, Va. 74-76-69—219

Tim Miller, Lake Toxaway, N.C. 68-77-74—219

John Cuomo, Richmond, Va. 76-69-75—220

Gary Strickfaden, Southern Pines, N.C. 73-79-69—221

Joe Cantrell, Louisville, Ky. 75-76-72—223

Rich Bauch, Hartland, Wis. 74-76-73—223