Brady Exber wanted to defend his title in the Senior Azalea Invitational golf tournament at the Country Club of Charleston. But the retired hotel executive from Las Vegas wasn’t certain he was going to be here after qualifying for the U.S. Senior Amateur.
But Exber was eliminated in the first round of match play Monday in the Senior Amateur, and immediately began making plans to get to Charleston.
“My first phone call was from (Senior Azalea tournament director) Urquit Morris wanting to know if I was coming,” Exber said Friday after catching John Dennis of Greenville to force a playoff. The two tied at 3-under-par 210 in regulation and Exber, 56, parred the first hole of sudden death to repeat in the event for amateurs 55 and older.
Bob Currey of Boston, who recently purchased a home in Charleston and joined the Country Club of Charleston, won the Super Senior (65 and older) division with a 54-hole score of 213, one shot better than John Cuomo or Richmond, Va., and Bob Rowland of Danville, Calif.
Exber did not make any bogeys in the final round, carding three birdies for a 68. Dennis shot 2-under on the front nine, despite bogeying the par-5 ninth, and then made six bogeys on the back nine including the last three holes to open the door for Exber.
“I’ve been playing very poorly the last two or three months, very poorly, and something kind of clicked (Thursday),” Exber said. “On the back nine I had three birdies and six pars and hit every fairway and every green. Today, I hit every fairway and every green until 18. Truthfully, I was a little disappointed with my score (68).”
x-Brady Exber, 73-69-68—210; John Dennis, 66-69-75—210; Jack Hall, 70-68-75—213; Bill Zylstra, 69-71-74—214; Rick Cloninger, 75-63-76—214; John Armstrong, 71-75-70—216; Joe Davis, 71-74-72—217; Steve Johnson, 74-70-73—217; Dennis Helms, 73-73-72—218; Tom Hyland, 77-69-74—220; Frank Wrenn, 72-72-76—220; Richard Pfeil, 76-74-71—221; Greg Scurlock, 74-74-73—221; John Baldwin, 72-74-75—221; Steve Rhorer, 68-77-76—221; Ramiro Romo, 73-75-74—222; Bo Leslie, 75-70-77—222; Gray Tuttle, 74-75-74—223; Dick Anderson, 74-74-75—223; Kim Mansfield, 74-74-75—223; Phil Pavoni, 76-74-74—224; Dan Pouliot, 75-75-74—224; James Castagna, 74-74-76—224; John Register, 70-72-82—224; Ray Womack, 77-73-75—225; Frank Acker, 76-73-76—225; Skip Zobel, 75-74-76—225; Tom Humphrey, 76-73-76—225; Mark Weston, 74-73-78—225.
x-parred first hole of sudden death to win
SUPER SENIORS (65-older)
Bob Currey, 70-69-74—213; John Cuomo, 73-70-71—214; Bob Rowland, 68-73-73—214; Ted Smith, 71-74-71—216; Joe Cantrell, 73-70-73—216; Vic Hannon, 75-72-70—217; Bob Howe, 73-72-72—217; Bob Kulp, 73-75-70—218; Bruce Walters, 69-76-73—218; Don Wood, 74-69-75—218; Fred Silver, 73-72-74—219; Steve Pachol, 72-72-75—219; Nick Avery, 78-68-74—220; Gary Strickfaden, 72-74-74—220; Tommy Ford, 72-74-74—220.