Rick Cloninger of Fort Mill fired a 4-under-par 67 Wednesday to take a one-shot lead over two-time defending champion Brady Exber in the 2013 Senior Azalea golf tournament being played at the Country Club of Charleston.
Chris Corn of Rock Hill and Ramiro Romo, father of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, are tied for fourth with 69s. Bob Howe of Larchmont, N.Y., leads the Super Senior division with a 67.
Cloninger, the country’s ninth-ranked senior amateur, had four birdies and one bogey on the front nine while his back nine included four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey.
The tournament, for players 55 and older, continues through Friday.
Rick Cloninger, Fort Mill, 67; Brady Exber, Las Vegas, Nev., 68; Chris Corn, Rock Hill, 69; Ramiro Romo, Burlington, Wis., 69; John Dennis, Greenville, 70; Edward Vomastek, Traverse City, Mich., 70; Mark Weston, Windermere, Fla., 71; Tom Hyland, Marlton, N.J., 71; Bill Leonard, Dallas, Ga., 72; Vance Antoniou, North Barrington, Ill., 72; Frank Ford, Charleston, 73; Bert Atkinson, Charleston, 73; Daniel Cook, The Woodlands, Texas, 73; Bill Zylstra, Ocklawaha, Fla., 74; Gus Sylvan, Columbia, 74; Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis., 75; Emile Vaughan, Pike Road, Ala., 75; John Gibbs III, Augusta, 75; Bob Edens, Columbia, 75; Tom Humphrey, Chads Ford, Pa., 76; Alex Moore, Winnetka, Ill., 76; Dennis Helms, Monroe, N.C., 76; James Castagna, Sandy Springs, Ga., 76; Philip Greene, Charlotte, 77; Phil Pavoni, Macon, Ga., 77; Jim Gallagher, Charlotte, 77; Dick Anderson, 77; Steve Johnson, Mequon, Wis., 77; Kirk Geiling, Hope, Mich., 77; Steve Johnson, Mequon, Wis., 77; Robert Bennett, Cheraw, 77; Gray Tuttle, Dimondale, Mich. 77; Alan Thielemann, Woodstock, Ga., 77; David Millis, High Point, N.C., 77; Ron Carpenter, Creedmoor, N.C., 77.
Bob Howe, Larchmont, N.Y., 67; Ted Smith, Wilkinson, Ind., 68; Tim Miller, Lake Toxaway, N.C., 68; Mike Weiner, Manchester, Md., 72; Russ Berkoben, Pennysburg, Ohio, 72; Jim Kamis, Marietta, Ga., 72; Gary Shimmin, Okatie, 73; Gary Strickfaden, Southern Pines, N.C., 73; Joe Pavoni, Prospect, Ky., 73; Bill Engle, Alexandria, Va., 74; Denny Adkins, North Myrtle Beach, 74; Bob Kulp, Savannah, 74; Larry Woods, Louisville, Ky., 74; Rick Bauch, Hartland, Wis., 74; Walt Martin, Oakton, Va., 74; Jim Patti, Bluffton, 74; David Crocker, Bluffton, 74.