Chancey Shoots a Second Round 68 to Take the Lead After Two Rounds at Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open
Thomas One Shot Back Heading Into Friday’s Final Round
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Jim Chancey of Kissimmee, Fl., shot a second round 68 to take over the lead on day two of the Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open on Thursday in Cooperstown.
Chancey, who was one stroke off the lead after shooting an opening-round 65 on Wednesday, took the lead at the Leatherstocking Golf Course with his three-under par mark on Thursday during a sunny-but-windy day in Central New York, finishing with a two-day total 133.
Craig Thomas of White Plains, N.Y., shot a 70 on Thursday to surrender the lead and leave him one shot behind Chancey at 134, and Javier Sanchez of Fayetteville, Ga., shot a 69 for a two-day total of 135 and third place.
Bob Niger of El Dorado Hills, Calif., is alone in fourth place with a 136, while Barry Conser of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Gene Fieger of Naples, Fla., are tied for fifth, four shots behind Chancey.
Kirk Hanefield of Acton, Ma., who was tied for second after the first round shot a second round 77 to fall nine shots off the pace.
The 31st annual tournament continues through Friday, with 91 senior golfers from throughout the country competing for a total purse of $68,950. The traditional post-Labor Day event is hosted by the Otesaga Hotel and its Leatherstocking Golf Course, with NBT Bank the presenting sponsor. Play continues Thursday and concludes at Leatherstocking late Friday, followed by an awards ceremony and check presentation to this year's champion.
Proceeds from this event benefit Pathfinder Village, located in nearby Edmeston, N.Y., a residential community dedicated to children and adults with Down syndrome. Annually, the Seniors Open raises more than $50,000 for scholarships for Pathfinder Village.
Proceeds also benefit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's educational programs, which enable the world-famous Museum to fulfill its educational mission and care for its collections.