JACKSONVILLE, FL (May 6, 2016) - Two players coming off strong 2015 seasons are tied for the lead after the first round of the Timuquana Cup. Joseph Deraney and David Poteet both shot opening round 2-under 70's and lead by a stroke at Timuquana Country Club.
In Friday's first round Deraney carded three birdies and a bogey. Derany birdied No's. 4 and 5 on the front nine to open in 2-under 34. Last year the Lexington, KY resident played in four rankings event and finished inside the top-10 each time. Deraney's best finish was second place in the Lupton Invitational when he lost in a playoff.
Poteet from Suwanee, GA tallied five birdies and three bogeys during the opening 18-holes of play. Like Deraney, Poteet shot a front nine 2-under 34. Poteet was the 2015 runner-up at the Crane Cup and Georgia Match Play Championship. He also finished sixth in the Georgia Player of the Year points race.
Tyler McKeever and Jason Coolik are presently tied for third at 1-over. Bowen Osborn opened with a even-par 72 and is in fifth.
Jack Hall has grabbed the first round lead in the Senior Division at the Timuquana Cup with an even-par 72. Hall is the second ranked senior in the country and is off to a strong start in 2016 with a win at the Gasparilla Senior and three other top-10 finishes in five events.
On Friday Hall was a bit all over the place during the first round. He did card five birdies but also three bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-5 15th.
Alex Moore is in second place one-stroke behind at 1-over while defending champion Doug Hanzel is in third after a 2-over 74. Four other players are 3-over and tied for fourth.
SUPER SENIOR DIVISION
The defending champion in the Super Senior Division is at it again. Steve Melnyk will carry a one-stroke lead over Jimmy Rigsby and John Darr into Saturday's second round.
Melnyk sprinted out of the gates with the first of his three front nine birdies on No. 1. In all Melnyk had four birdies and two bogeys.
The second place duo of Rigsby and Darr are the only other players under-par after the first round thanks to 1-under 71's. John Osborne is even-par in fourth while Kim Schwencke is a ways back at 5-over in fifth.