Joseph Deraney looks to continue stellar season
(Photo Courtesy of Clint Avret)
RICHMOND, KY (June 8, 2016) -- A heavy weight matchup is on tap for for tomorrow's Kentucky Match Play upper bracket title match at Boone's Trace National. When the match tees off tomorrow morning at 8:40 a.m. local time, No. 3 Joseph Deraney will square off against No. 1 Andy Roberts.
Deraney, the winner of two Majors of Amateur Golf this season, advanced to the finals thanks to a 5&4 quarterfinal win over No. 6 Zach Mattingly and a 1 up semifinal victory over No. 2 Will Sallee.
Medalist Andy Roberts reached the finals with a 4&2 triumph over No. 8 Riley Carson in the quarterfinals and a 3&2 win over Chase Wathen in the semis.
The lower bracket matchup will pit No. 8 Denver Haddix Jr. against No. 6 Robert Crockett II.
Haddix Jr. defeated No. 16 Matthew Mahle 1 up before beating No. 4 Jarred Brown 3&1 in his afternoon semifinal match. His opponent, Crockett II, handily defeated No. 3 Jeffery Meade 8&6 in the quarterfinals before outlasting No. 10 Matt Epperson 1 up in the semifinals.
The Senior Division bracket held to form as No. 1 Steve Humphrey will face No. 2 Gary Backlund.
DAY ONE MATCH PLAY RECAP
Medalist winner Andy Roberts is among those who have advanced at the Kentucky Match Play Championship. Roberts claimed medalist honors with an 8-under 64 yesterday and then when on to defeat Michael Crabtree 5&4 on Tuesday in the upper portion of the tournament's Round of 16.
For the most part the upper bracket held to form on day one of match play. The only upset came in the 8-9 match when nine-seed Carson Riley defeated eight-seed Chandler Morgan 5&4. Morgan will now face Roberts in tomorrow's quarterfinals.
Joseph Deraney, looking to continue his already stellar season, was among the players to advance in the Round of 16 upper bracket. So far this year Deraney has already won the Timuquana Cup and last week's Lupton Invitational.
In the lower brackets Round of 16, top-seed Trey Cox was upset by No. 16 Matthew Mahle 3&2. The second-seed, Nick McCarthy, also fell on Tuesday losing to No. 15 Tyler Lippert 3&1.
In the Senior Division the bracket has held to form almost perfectly thus far. The only exception was 11-seed Joe Pavoni defeating six-seed Rick Cain in 20 holes. Medalist Steve Humphrey is among those to advance to tomorrow's quarterfinals.
Play in all divisions will continue tomorrow morning with quarterfinal play to be followed by the semifinals in the afternoon. The finals will be contested on Thursday.
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