Joseph Deraney overcomes rough start, takes Stocker Cup lead
20 Oct 2016
by Pete Wlodkowski of

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Joe Deraney leads the Stocker Cup after firing 68 at <br>The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel
Joe Deraney leads the Stocker Cup after firing 68 at
The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel

CARMEL, California (Oct. 20, 2016) -- Starting at No. 10 at The Preserve Golf Club can be a bit challenging, with a ten minute drive from the clubhouse often shortening warm up sessions before a player is quite ready. The tee shot on the short par-4 is relatively benign, but miss right and you'll soon see the appropriately-positioned spotter hunting down your ball to speed up play.

For Joe Deraney a missed tee shot right on No. 10 resulted in a double-bogey. Silence followed, as neither Deraney (Nashville, TN) or his B player partner Drew Kitchen (San Francisco) wanted to break the ice.

"I knew what he was thinking," said Deraney. "'I just bogeyed my first hole and beat my partner.'"

Maybe that thought was motivation, as the seasoned mid-am golfer with two big titles under his belt in 2016 went 6-under from that point forward, posting one of the most unlikely rounds of 68 you'll see, especially at a course that can challenge even the best Mid-Ams.

Deraney, ranked No. 7 in the Mid-Am rankings, will try to capture another big title, after winning both the Lupton Invitational (Tennessee) and the Timuquana Cup (Florida) earlier this season.

A total of seven players broke par on a beautiful California fall day that found the recently-remodeled course in top condition. Just a stroke back of Deraney at 69 is Gene Elliott, the Iowa standout who is also enjoying an excellent season. Elliott sparked his round with a holed third shot from 90 yards for eagle on the par-5 4th hole, and could have tied Deraney had he converted a short birdie try on the last hole.

2013 champion John Sawin is one of three players to have posted 2-under 70. Sawin is coming off a recent runner-up finish at another Mid-Am "major" - the Crump Cup at Pine Valley (yes, top Mid-Ams have it good). Andy McCabe of Dallas was the lowest of the first-timers; he is tied with Sawin and second year player Charles Waddell of Chicago.

Twice-defending champion Brady Exber posted 75, and after the round joked about the course setup today (with three new "back-back" tees). "I think George [Kelley, the tournament chairman] doesn't want to see an old guy win it again this year.

Knowing Exber, he is bound to be in the thick of things come Saturday.


In addition to Elliott's eagle on No. 4, Brad Wilder's partner Nick Feczko holed his second shot on No. 7 for an eagle 2 and a net score of 1.

Results: Stocker Cup
1MSJoseph DeraneyBelden, MS40068-72-72=212
2CAJohn SawinSan Francisco, CA30070-73-70=213
T3TXAndy McCabeDallas, TX20070-76-69=215
T3ALSteve HudsonBirmingham, AL20073-67-75=215
5NVNick WoodReno, NV20072-70-74=216

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ABOUT THE Stocker Cup

The Stocker Cup was founded in 1991 to honor the memory of Peter Stocker. Peter and his partners Bill Harlan and John Montgomery founded San Francisco's Pacific Union Company, a highly successful real estate development company. The firm initiated the development of The Santa Lucia Preserve, a 20,000 acre residential and golf community located above Carmel. Meandering through the winding road to The Preserve's centerpiece -- the top-100 rated golf course -- has been described as "driving through a California postcard." The Stocker Cup was played from 1991 to 1999 at Pebble Beach and its surrounding golf courses, before moving to the Tom Fazio and Sandy Tatum designed Preserve G.C. In the words of former USGA President Tatum: "Peter Stocker was the quintessential amateur golfer. He loved golf with a passion. He would have loved this tournament."

54-hole individual competition with a simultaneous best-ball event, similar to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Invited Mid- Amateur players are either paired with a single digit amateur or can propose their own partner to be introduced and invited by the Committee. 

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