Christovich, Tuten are tied for Timuquana Cup Day Two Lead
Timuquana Country Club <br>(FSGA Photo)
Timuquana Country Club
(FSGA Photo)

JACKSONVILLE, FL (May 6, 2017) - 36-holes are in the books at the Timuquana Cup hosted by Timuquana Country Club and there are two players leading the way. Following a day where scoring proved to be very difficult Chris Tuten despite dropping to 4-over remains in the lead but now he is joined by Patrick Christovich.

One day after shooting a 1-under 71, Tuten got off to a fast start with 2nd and 4th hole birdies before battling to remain in the mix for the remainder of the round. The trouble for Tuten began with consecutive bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 and it continued with additional dropped shots on the 10th, 13th, 14th, 16th-18th holes. During that stretch Tuten was able to sprinkle in a birdie on No. 12.

2014 Coleman Invitational winner Patrick Christovich moved into a tie for the lead after ending his day where he began it at 4-over. On Saturday Christovich shot the round of the day, an even-par 72, that included five birdies and five bogeys. Christovich played impressive golf early on the front nine with four birdies in a row from Nos. 3-6.

Butler Melnyk, Derek Camps and William Mitchell are just one shot back at 5-over in a tie for third as overall eight players including defending champion Joseph Deraney (+8) are within four of the lead.


Chris Tuten was the only player to break par on Friday and as a result he is the first round leader of the Timuquana Cup hosted by Timuquana Country Club.

During Friday play Tuten fired a 1-under 71 and he will carry a two-stroke lead into Saturday's second round. Tuten carded two birdies during the round on the 4th and 14th holes while also bogeying the 7th. This weekend Tuten, a Tour rep at Titleist, is looking to improve on a shared 11th finish in the 2014 Timuquana Cup.

Derek Camps birdied the 18th hole and he is in second place at 1-over, Butler Melnyk battled back from a triple-bogey to shoot a 2-over 74 that left him in third place while in fourth at 4-over it is Nick Gilliam, Ron Graham and William Mitchell.

Just one shot further back in a tie for seventh at 4-over are defending champion Joseph Deraney, Patrick Christovich and Rob Couture.

Deraney is just days removed from his runner-up showing at the Carlton Woods Invitational.

Results: Timuquana Cup
1LAPatrick ChristovichNew Orleans, LA30076-72-72=220
2GAButler MelnykSt. Simons Island, GA20074-75-73=222
3FLNick GilliamNewberry, FL10075-78-70=223
T4FLDerek CampsSanford, FL10073-76-75=224
T4MSJoseph DeraneyBelden, MS10076-76-72=224

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ABOUT THE Timuquana Cup

Invitational tournament with a field consisting of 40 of the top Mid Amateur players in the country, together with 20 of the top Senior Amateurs and 18 more Super Senior amateurs .

The theme of the event will be a "Gathering of Friends" with a small, select field dedicated to those individuals whose passion is amateur golf. The Timuquana Cup will be a celebration of amateur golf.

The tournament chairman is Steve Melnyk, and USGA Rules Official Tom Dudley will be in charge of course set up and the rules of competition. One of the highlights of this year's event will be a cocktail cruise on the St. Johns River departing from the Timuquana Country Club dock and housing will be available for many competitors in members' homes.

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