OOLTEWAH, TN (May 28, 2016) -- So far, Joseph Deraney has been the only player to break 70 at the challenging Honors Course. His 69 in the first round coupled with the even-par 70 he shot today, give the Lexington, Kentucky resident a 3-shot lead heading into the final round of the Lupton Invitational.
Sunday's final round is going to be interesting. Not only is the Honors Course bound to be set up "tournament tough" -- the pressure of being chased by one of the country's top Mid-Ams (Patrick Christovich of New Orleans) and the defending champ (Charles Waddell of Chicago) is sure to keep things interesting.
Deraney defeated many of his chasers earlier this Spring at the Timuquana Cup in Florida. He lost here at the Lupton in a playoff last year (to Waddell) which means two things: 1) he knows how to score on The Honors Course, and 2) he might have some extra incentive to close the deal in regulation tomorrow and avoid a playoff.
The cut fell at 5-over 149 in the Mid-Am division.
Jack Hall of Savannah posted 76 Stableford points to take a one point lead over Paul Simson and Doug Hanzel into the final round, while Ted Smith posted 66 Stableford points to lead the Super Senior division by 3.
The tournament committee will be providing live scoring on Sunday and you will, of course, find a link to that on AmateurGolf.com.
OOLTEWAH, TN (May 27, 2016) - With a 3-under 69 Joseph Deraney has taken the first round lead at the Lupton Invitational. Deraney will begin tomorrow's second round at The Honors Course with a two-stroke lead over Patrick Christovich and Kenny Cook. Both players are 2-under after opening 70's.
Deraney, the winner of the Timuquana Cup earlier this month is in search of his second Major of Amateur Golf title this year. He is also hoping to avenge last year's playoff lose to Charles Waddell in the Lupton Invitational.
Speaking of the defending champion, Waddell is just three-strokes behind after opening with an even-par 72.
Andrew Lawson is fifth after a 1-over 73, three players are tied for sixth at 2-over while seven players are 3-over and tied for ninth. The ninth place group includes Carlton Woods Invitational winner Colby Harwell.
The Senior and Super Senior Division's are both being played in a stableford format. Jack Hall is presently leading the Senior Division with a first round score of 40. Defending champion Michael Mercier leads a group at 39 and tied for second.
SUPER SENIOR DIVISION
Ted Smith leads after the first round with 35 points while Gary Chazen is in second after a 34 point day. Four players are only two points back as they share third.
2016 winner Bob Kain put together an opening 32 point tally and is three points off the pace.