Lupton Invitational: Clay Homan Takes the Early Lead
Clay Homan has the first round lead at The Honors Course
Clay Homan has the first round lead at The Honors Course

OOLTEWAH, TN (May 26, 2017) - Fresh off his retirement as Mississippi State University's head golf coach, Clay Homan has taken a two-shot lead after the first round of the Lupton Invitational at The Honors Course.

Homan, the reigning Mississippi State Amateur champion, was one of only two players under par on the famously difficult Pete Dye design, recording a four-under 68. Michael Stamberger of Plainfield, NJ sits two shots back in solo second after a 70.

Four players--Andrew Lawson, Richard Spangler, Steve Johnson and 2013 champion Thad Hudgens--share third place at even-par 72.

The leaderboard is tightly bunched just behind those four, with five players at 73, four at 74, and five more at 75. The defending champion Joe Deraney of Lexington, KY is in the group at 75.

Former champion Parker Smith is tied for seventh after a 73. Two-time champion Kris Mikkelson struggled to a 79.

Play continues on Saturday afternoon with round two, before the tournament concludes on Sunday.

Results: Lupton Memorial Invitational
1MSClay HomanStarkville, MS30068-76-73=217
2TXAndrew LawsonDallas, TX20072-75-72=219
3NJMichael StambergerBrielle, NJ10070-77-73=220
T4TNParker SmithMorristown, TN10073-75-73=221
T4TNScott KammannBaneberry, TN10075-72-74=221

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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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