Sharpe, Boswell in front at Durham Senior Am

May. 19, 2014 @ 11:50 PM

Larry Boswell has made a habit of bringing his best golf to the Durham Senior Amateur.

Monday’s first round of this year’s tournament was no exception.

The winner of the popular tournament’s Super Senior division the last two years, Boswell shot a six-under-par 66 at Croasdaile Country Club.

Boswell, from Jamestown, leads the division by four strokes over Dr. George Leight of Apex entering today’s final round. The Super Senior division is for golfers 65 and older.

Greensboro’s Steve Sharpe leads the Senior Division, where the overall tournament champion is decided, after also firing a 66 on Monday. Playing in his second Durham Senior Am, Sharpe leads David Eaker by three shots heading into today’s final round.

Boswell collected six birdies while not carding any bogeys in his sterling first round.

“The golf course is in good shape,” Boswell said. “I like the golf course. It sets up well. I hadn’t been playing well to be honest all spring. I hit it well today.”

Boswell’s putting set him apart from the field on Monday. He sank birdie putts of 30 and 40 feet on holes 15 and 16.

“I hadn’t played greens like this,” Boswell said. “I’m generally a pretty good putter. These greens are so good you get it started and it rolls right to the hole.”

Leight scored four birdies in his two-under-par round. But a three-putt on No. 8 led to bogey. He also bogeyed No. 13.

Three golfers, Don Reis of Columbia, S.C., Roger Taylor of Conover and John Green of Wallace, came in at 1-under-par 71 and are tied for third in the Super Seniors.

Starting his Seniors Division round on the 10th hole, Sharpe birdied seven holes. He began his round red hot, notching birdies on holes 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16 to make the turn at 5-under par.

Sharpe reached 7-under par with birdies on the first two holes of his back nine. His lone bogey came on his penultimate hole of the day, the par-4 No. 8, when he missed the green and failed to get it up and down.

But that was a rare misstep for him.

“I rolled the ball really nicely,” Sharpe said. “They greens are in really good shape. I was able to see the line and roll it right on the line and it turned out today. I hit a lot of good iron shots, too. I hit it real close.”

Eaker, from Forest City, shot a 3-under-par 69 and will be grouped with Sharpe for today’s final round. Preston Edmondson of Morrisville is one shot behind Eaker at 70. Lee Morris of Raleigh, at 1-under 71, is the only other Senior Division player under par.

Defending tournament champion Russ Perry of Winston-Salem shot a 3-over-par 75 on Monday.

Ernie Newton of High Point, the 2012 Durham Senior Am champion, came in with a 7-over-par 79 on Monday.

Durham’s Don Slater, who won the first two Durham Senior Am championships in 2010 and 2011, shot a 76 in the Super Seniors division on Monday. He’s 10 shots behind Boswell.