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Floyd, Epps Share First-Round Lead in Dominion Seniors

March 30, 1996

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Raymond Floyd and teaching pro Charlie Epps shot 66s Friday to share the first-round lead in the $650,000 SBC Dominion Seniors golf tournament.

Floyd, runnerup in this event last year, ranks fifth on the Senior PGA Tour in earnings this season even though his two victories came in unofficial events _ the Seniors Skins in Hawaii and the Senior Slam in Mexico

Epps, on the other hand, had to hustle just to make the field. He shot a 73 in a qualifying round on Monday to earn a spot in the field.

This is Epps’ second event. He was 40th at Atlanta last June.

``My putting is really coming around,″ Floyd said of a round that featured four birdies and an eagle, that on a 30-foot putt on the par-5 18th.

``I was happy overall,″ Floyd said. ``My whole game was well-rounded. I think I hit every green in regulation and missed only three or four fairways.″

``I’m striking the ball really well,″ Epps, the head pro at Houston’s Bentwater Country Club, said after a seven-birdie tour of the 6,814-yard Dominion Country Club course. ``I’m confident where I can place the ball.″

Gary Player was alone at 67, while the group at 68 included Bruce Summerhays, Bob Eastwood and Chi Chi Rodriguez, the 1987 Dominion winner.

Jim Dent, the 1990 Dominion champion, headed the group at 69.

Two-time defending champion Jim Albus stumbled out of the gate in pursuit of his third straight title, struggling to a 75. Two-time champion Lee Trevino shot 70 had a 70.

The winner of the 54-hole event receives $97,500.

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