Hanefeld leads Senior PGA Professional

ALDIE, Va. (AP) — Past champion Kirk Hanefeld shot a 2-over 74 on Saturday at Creighton Farms to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

The 55-year-old Hanefeld, the 2008 winner from Acton, Mass., had a 9-under 207 total. He began the round with a six-stroke lead after breaking the tournament 36-hole record at 11 under.

“It was tough sledding,” Hanefeld said. “What is really crazy about this game is that the first two days it was very easy. Eleven under was about as bad as I could have been. … Today, it was like I had not played in a month. I made mistakes today that were just stupid. I didn’t have nearly the amount of game today I had the first two days. But I hung in there and tomorrow is the day that counts.”

Playing partner Ken Martin of Wellington, Fla., was second after a 69. He missed a 3-foot par putt on 18.

“I salvaged a lot of pars and then when I had birdie chances I made them,” said Martin, who followed up his Creighton Farms competitive course-record 66 with a four birdies, an eagle and two bogeys. “I bogeyed 18, which was a drag, but to be under par, that’s where I want to go.”

Tim White of Midlothian, Va., was third at 4 under after a 71.

Because of wet conditions, preferred lies were used for the third straight day.

The top 35 finishers will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship in May at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich. The top five will receive exemptions into the final stage of the 2011 Champions Tour Q-school.