Denver Haddix leads by two at Lupton Invitational
Denver Haddix
Denver Haddix

OOLTEWAH, Tenn. — Denver Haddix of Lexington, Ky. was the only player under par after the first round of play at the John T. Lupton Invitational. He leads the tournament at the always-tough Honors Course by two strokes with a first-round 70.

Haddix, who won the 2014 Kentucky Match Play title, reached the quarterfinals in last year's U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Craig Smith, who finished runner-up at the 2014 Birmingham National Invitational, is in second place at even-par 72. In third is 2014 Timuquana Cup winner Charles Waddell of Chicago at 74, followed by Andrew Lawson and Colby Harwell who are tied for fourth at 75.

Defending champion Mike McCoy is not in the field this year.

In the Senior division, Allen Barber's stableford total of 35 leads by one over Michael Mercier and Neil Spitalny. And in the Super Senior division, Bob Kain's total of 34 paces the field by one over Larry Clark.

Full first-round results from all three divisions can be found at the link below.

Results: Lupton Memorial Invitational
1ILCharles WaddellChicago, IL30074-75-73=222
2MSJoseph DeraneyBelden, MS20076-73-73=222
3KYDenver HaddixLexington, KY10070-77-77=224
T4TXAndrew LawsonDallas, TX10075-77-76=228
T4TNCraig SmithNashville, TN10072-78-78=228

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ABOUT THE Lupton Memorial Invitational

This event, named after club founder John T. Lupton, debuted in 2005 on a spectacular Pete Dye golf course near Chatanooga. Mitch Voges won the 1991 U.S. Amateur here, and Tiger Woods won the 1996 NCAA Championship here despite a final round 80. 54 hole individual event with a 36 hole cut. Stroke play format for the Championship division and Stableford format for the Senior division. Committee will invite 72 mid ams and 54 senior ams. The field will be cut to approximately 75% in each division following the 2nd round.

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