JACKSONVILLE, FL (May 7, 2016) - In the Mid-Amateur Division David Poteet is 4-under and will be the man to beat in tomorrow's Timuquana Cup final round. Poteet has now shot a pair of 2-under 70's at Timuquana Country Club to lead Bowen Osborn by one shot.
Poteet began the second round tied for the lead with Joseph Deraney, however he was able to take the lead alone with a three birdie, one bogey performance. The Suwanee, GA resident is coming off a strong 2015 season were he was the runner-up at the Crane Cup and Georgia Match Play Championship. He also finished sixth in the Georgia Player of the Year points race.
Tomorrow Poteet will look break into the winners circle but it won't be easy as a strong mid-amateur field is packed in tightly behind him.
Bowen Osborn, from Burbank, CA, made the biggest move of the day shooting a tournament best 3-under 69. Osborn opened the day even-par and in fifth before rocketing up the leaderboard thanks to a five birdie, two bogey round. The highlight stretch for the 2011 Arizona State Amateur Champion came on holes 10-12 when he rattled off three birds in a row. Only a final hole bogey prevented Osborn from sharing the 36-hole lead.
First round co-leader Joseph Deraney held steady at 2-under with an even-par 72 and he is in third place, still right in the hunt just two behind. Deraney had an up and down round with two bogeys on the front nine, three birdies in five holes on the back nine and an 18th hole bogey to finish his round.
Recent Coleman Invitational winner TJ Shuart is lingering in the background at 1-over in fourth while Matt Salane, Tyler McKeever and Jason Coolik are all 2-over and tied for fifth.
Defending champion Doug Hanzel jumped to the top of the leaderboard during Saturday's second round with a 4-under 68. Hanzel of Savannah, GA played splendidly all day long carding six birdies and only two bogeys. The fifth ranked senior in the country birdied three holes on each side and didn't bogey a hole after the 9th.
Hanzel, a five time winner last year, is already looking for his second 2016 win following a win at the Florida Azalea Senior.
John Gibbs is even-par and tied for second with first round leader Jack Hall. Gibbs matched Hanzel with a second round 4-under 68 to move up from 4-over after the first day. Like Hanzel, Gibbs had six birdies and two bogeys with three birdies coming on each nine. The Augusta, GA resident already has two top-20 finishes to his name this year.
Hall, for the second straight day posted even-par 72 and will start the final round round only two-strokes behind Hanzel.
Four players are tied for fourth but are a ways back at 5-over. It is looking like the Senior Division will be a three-way race between Hanzel, Gibbs and Hall.
SUPER SENIOR DIVISION
Steve Melnyk continued his dominance at the Timuquana Cup with his second consecutive 2-under 70 and at 4-under he now leads the Super Senior Division by six-strokes. Like yesterday Melnyk had four birdies and two bogeys.
John Darr is in second place sitting at 2-over and Kim Schwencke is 8-over and in third place.