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Deraney adds Mississippi Mid-Am to his collection of state titles
Joseph Deraney (Mississippi Golf Association photo)
Joseph Deraney (Mississippi Golf Association photo)

Joseph Deraney won the Mississippi Mid-Amateur on Sunday, closing with a 69 at Castlewood Country Club to outlast Eddie Brescher and deny him a repeat title.

Deraney struggled out of the gate with a 74 but roared back with a 9-under 63 that included two eagles (one on a par 4) to give him a one-shot lead through 36 holes. Though Brescher caught him early with a birdie at the first, Deraney took the lead back on the next hole and never surrendered it again.

For Deraney, the win was the latest state title for the stay-at-home dad and prolific tournament winner. He also won the Mississippi State Amateur in 2018 and also the Kentucky Mid-Amateur in 2016-17. His other titles include the Canadian Mid-Amateur, Stocker Cup, Timuquana Cup, and Carlton Woods Invitational.

His biggest win barely eluded him, however, leading the 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur final match on the back nine before Lukas Michel came back to clip him late.

Deraney came into the event in good form, having won the Trans-Miss Four-Ball with partner Derek Meinhart.

Brescher made a spirited title defense, with rounds of 67-71-70 (-8), eight shots ahead of the third-place finishers.

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ABOUT THE Mississippi Mid-Amateur

Tournament is scheduled for 54 holes of stroke play. Field size is limited to the first 96 players. The Championship is open to male amateurs who have reached their 25th birthday and are bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi for at least 60 days prior to the first round of the tournament. Participants must conform with the USGA Rules of Amateur Status. All participants in Mississippi Golf Association State Championships will be required to have an active GHIN Handicap through a USGA Licensed Mississippi Club. Participants must be bona fide residents of the state of Mississippi for at least 60 days prior to the first round of the tournament.

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