Timuquana Country Club (FSGA photo)
Second-round leader David Denham held on to the top spot on the Timuquana Cup leaderboard on Sunday, finishing 54 holes at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., with a slim one-shot victory over Rusty Mosley. The two Georgians withstood charges from a handful of players behind them to remain out front.
Denham opened with a 6-under 66 on Friday that left him with a four-shot lead right out of the gate. Subsequent rounds of 72-73 were enough to keep him at 5 under, which was one better than Mosley.
While Mosley was less explosive in his opening round, he was perhaps more consistent, posting rounds of 70-70-72 to earn his runner-up title.
Denham, an Athens native, played college golf at the University of Georgia and was a member of the 2005 national championship squad. He won the Georgia Amateur Championship a year earlier in 2004, and in 2017, won the Georgia Mid-Amateur.
Mosley, for his part, was a quarterfinalist at the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur.
Both finished ahead of Kevin Wolf from Lodi, Calif., who at 2 under was solo third.
Whit Turnbow, president of the Tennessee Golf Foundation, kept pace with a closing 73 that left him solo fourth.
Timquana Country Club also hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball in the spring, which caused this event to move back to October. Defending champion Joseph Deraney, runner-up at the recent U.S. Mid-Amateur, was not in the field.
In the senior division, it was an all Savannah, Ga. playoff, with Doug Hanzel beating Jack Hall after each finished with 3-under 213. With the win, Hanzel moved into the top spot in the AmateurGolf.com Senior Rankings in a quest for a fourth AGC Player-of-the-Year title.
In the super senior division, Jim Carley beat Curt Knorr in a playoff after both finished 54 holes at 1-under 215.
ROUND TWO RECAP
Through 36 holes of the Timuquana Cup, a trio of Georgians are at the top of the leaderboard. David Denham, the Athens, Ga., resident who was T-12 at this event last year, will take the advantage into the third and final round at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., site of this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball. That’s thanks in large part to Denham’s opening 6-under 66, which included seven birdies and just one bogey to go along with it on Friday.
Denham managed to hold it together on Saturday, coming back with an even-par 72 that was a bit wilder. The card included an eagle and a double bogey.
Rusty Mosley, of Vidalia, Ga., opened with far more consistent rounds of 70 to reach 4 under and Dalton Melnyk, of Atlanta is one shot behind that after rounds of 72-69.
Mosley was a quarterfinalist at the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur while Melnyk is a former member of the University of Florida men’s golf team.
Other notable names near the top of the leaderboard include Whit Turnbow, president of the Tennessee Golf Foundation, who stands at 2 under through 36 holes after rounds of 70-72. Colby Harwell of San Antonio, Texas ended 36 holes at 1 over, which was good for ninth.
Doug Hanzel, who recently won the SOS John Kline, leads the senior division at 6 under and is followed closely by Allen Peake, winner of the Golfweek Senior Match Play.
ABOUT THE Timuquana Cup
Invitational tournament with a field
of 40 of the top Mid Amateur players in the
country, together with 20 of the top
Amateurs and 18 more Super Senior amateurs .
The theme of the event will be a
Friends" with a small, select field
those individuals whose passion is
golf. The Timuquana Cup will be a
of amateur golf.
The tournament chairman is Steve Melnyk,
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
Johns River departing from the Timuquana
Country Club dock and housing will be
for many competitors in members' homes.
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