Hendley leads S.C. Senior by 3 shots

Todd Hendley of Greer reeled off 7 birdies Tuesday on his way to a round of 66 and the first-round lead in the 57th South Carolina Golf Association Senior Championship being played at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw.

Jack Stone of North Charleston is alone in second, three shots behind Hendley. 2011 champion Frank Ford III of Charleston and Duff Wagner of Taylors are tied for third at 71, while Mount Pleasant’s Mike Bright Matt Grandy of Greenville and Lee Irving of Bluffton share fifth at even-par 72.

Hendley’s birdies came in bunches. He birdied 4, 5 and 6, then added three more birdies when he made the turn. Hendley’s final birdie came on 15, and he bogeyed 18.

Playing in the first group, Stone made five birdies and two bogeys to set the early pace.

The 54-hole tournament for amateurs 55 and older continues through Thursday. The field will be cut to the low 60 and ties after Wednesday’s round.

LEADERS

Todd Hendley, Greer, 66; Jack Stone, North Charleston, 69; Frank Ford III, Charleston, 71; Duff Wagner, Taylors, 71; Matt Grandy, Greenville, 72; Lee Irving, Bluffton, 72; Mike Bright, Mount Pleasant, 72; Bill Smunk, 73; Jim Yonce, Hanahan, 73; Ben Grimes Whipple, Marietta, 73; Tommy Mooney, North Charleston, 73; Mike Weiner, Kiawah Island, 73; Mike Calkins, Columbia, 73; John Laehn, Aiken, 74; Michael Wooles, Anderson, 74; Frank Coffey, Mount Pleasant, 74; Bob Varn, Orangeburg, 74; Tommy Ford, Mount Pleasant, 74; Bernie Shealy, Columbia, 74; Randy Jones, Summerville, 74; John Smunk, Port Royal, 75; Tim Teaster, Columbia, 75; Richard Moore, Isle of Palms 75; Frank Wrenn III, Greenville; Gus Sylvan, Columbia, 75; Steve Pachol, Columbia, 75; George Ackerman, Charleston, 75.