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The Tour Report

October 22 2011

2:22 PM

Pernice seeks rare 50-and-over win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Friday night on the PGA TOUR Network’s wrap-up show on Sirius XM, John Maginnes came up with something of a double entendre.

“It’s always fun to see the old men chasing the kids around Disney,” the former TOUR pro said.

Maginnes wasn’t talking dads at the theme park, though. He was referring to the presence of 52-year-old Michael Allen on the leaderboard at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

Well, Allen has slipped from a tie for fifth to joint 12th but another Champions Tour veteran has taken his place. Tom Pernice Jr. is 5 under through 12 holes and stands in solo third – one stroke behind the co-leaders Justin Leonard and Henrik Stenson.

Pernice, who won the 2009 SAS Championship on the Champions Tour, is 52 years young, as well. He has six top-10s in 15 Champions Tour starts this season and he tied for second at the Viking Classic earlier this year on the PGA TOUR.

Pernice is bidding to become the seventh player – and the second oldest -- to win on the PGA TOUR after celebrating his 50th birthday.