Hanefeld leads Senior PGA Professional



LEESBURG, Va. (AP) -- Former champion Kirk Hanefeld shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday at rain-softened River Creek to take the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

The 55-year-old Hanefeld, from Acton, Mass., had seven birdies and a bogey. He won the 2008 event.

Tom Herzan of Findlay, Ohio, and Mike Lawrence of Anderson, S.C. were two strokes back. They also opened at River Creek Club. Because of the wet conditions, preferred lies were used.

James Kane of Edmond, Okla., had the best score at Creighton Farms, a 69. The final two rounds will be played at Creighton Farms.

The top 35 finishers will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship in May at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.