Orville Moody managed birdies on three of his last five holes yesterday en route to a 4-under-par 66 that gave him a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior PGA Tour's $1 million Vantage Championships in Clemmons, N.C. The winner will receive $135,000.
One stroke back were Dave Hill and former Masters champion Gay Brewer. Hill, a rookie on the senior tour, one-putted his last five holes.
Don January sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to lead a group at 68 that included former Masters champion Charles Coody and Buck Adams, a club pro from Southern Pines, N.C.
But most of the more glamorous names in the over-50 set fared less well in the chill and winds. Arnold Palmer, who had rounds of 64 and 67 in pro-am competition, lost his putting touch and was at 73.
Gary Player took a 75 and Chi Chi Rodriguez, winner of seven titles this year, was rallied to manage a 72.
Southern Open: Ken Brown shot a 6-under-par 64 to take a two-shot lead after the second round of the $400,000 tournament in Columbus, Ga.
Brown's 36-hole total of 129 over the par-70, 6,791-yard Green Island Country Club course gave him the lead over Mike Hulbert, who had a 66 for 131.
First-round leader David Frost, Hale Irwin, Vance Heafner and Billy Pierot were next at 134.
Middle Atlantic Amateur: Scott Gump of Merritt Island, Fla., had four three-putt greens and shot 75 but held onto the lead at the midway point of the tournament at Chartwell in Severna Park, Md. Gump, medalist and semifinalist in this year's U.S. Amateur, has a 36-hole total of 145 -- one shot ahead of Jim Estes of Greenbelt and Bethesda Country Club, who shot 74 -- 146.
Chris Strong of Pickering, Ont. (70 yesterday), and Mike Cumberpatch of the Naval Academy (73) were next at 147.
Dunhill Cup: Rodger Davis of Australia broke the Old Course record with a 63 today in the $1 million tournament in St. Andrews, Scotland.