LAKE PLACID - Mark Bucek fired a 68 Wednesday to take a one-shot lead on the first day of the Adirondack Senior Open Golf Tournament at the Whiteface Club in Lake Placid.
Bucek, of Winter Park, Fla. went three-under on the par-71, 6,039-yard layout to finish one stroke ahead of four other golfers in the event, which is the northernmost stop on the Sunbelt Senior Golf Tour that features professionals from across the nation. Many of the pros competing have played on the PGA and senior Champions circuits.
Mitch Adcock, Tim Conley, Lloyd Fisher and last year's defending champion Javier Sanchez were all tied for second in the close competition after turning in 69s in the first round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament.
Mark Bucek, right, follows his tee shot on the 10th hole at the Whiteface Club while fellow pro John Ross watches during Wednesday’s opening round of the three-day Adirondack Senior Open. The 54-hole tournament resumes today.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Bucek recorded four birdies, including two straight on the fifth and sixth, and bogeyed just once, on the difficult par-3, 14th hole in his run to the top of the field.
John Elliot was two shots off the pace with a 70, while Jim Chancey, Rick Schuller, Tom Eubank and Gary Rusnak were three strokes back after carding even-par 71s. John Ross, who shot a Whiteface Club course record 63 last year on the final day of the inaugural Adirondack Senior Open, was four shots off the pace after turning in a 72 Wednesday.
Seventeen pros were competing in the senior division. In the super senior division, Arizona's Danny Edwards, who has won five times on the PGA Tour, fired a 69 to surge five strokes ahead of a nine-player field. Gary Odom stood in second place with a 74.
Play resumes today with the second 18-hole round and wraps up Friday. Spectators are admitted free of charge.