Deraney overcomes shank to win his second Timuquana Cup

Published Sunday, May 6, 2018 4:00 pm

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The winners in their division of the Timuquana Cup on Sunday were (left to right) Steve Melnyk in the Super-Senior, Joe Deraney in the Mid-Amateur and Jim Pearson in the Senior [Garry Smits / The Times-Union]

Joe Deraney cost himself a second Timuquana Cup title last year when, tied for the lead at the final hole of the Timuquana Country Club, he blew his second shot over the green with the ball hitting a cart path and striking a spectator.

He made a quadruple-bogey 8 and finished four shots behind winner Patrick Christovich.

Another crazy shot nearly cost Deraney again on Sunday but he managed to minimize the damage.

The Lexington, Ky., resident and former Mississippi State golfer had a four-shot lead with three holes to play, shanked his tee shot at the par-3 16th hole and made a bogey, then three-putted No. 18 for bogey to finish with a 72. But former University of Florida player Nick Gilliam, despite a closing birdie for a 68, couldn’t make up all of the ground and Deraney won by one shot at 4-under-par 212.

“Crazy things seem to happen to me here,” he said. “But fortunately it wasn’t anything like the shot at 18 last year.”

Deraney actually made a good 4 at No. 16, pitching to the top fringe, then making a 5-foot par putt. He three-putted No. 18 from 20 feet but the birdies he made at Nos. 14 and 15 held up as he won the invitational for the second time in three years.

Bowen Osborn of Burbank, Calif., matched the day’s low round with Christovich by shooting a 67, and tied for third with Rob Couture (70) of Dallas at 2-under. Christovich, of New Orleans, and Mike Stamberger (73) of New York tied for fifth at 1-over.

Jim Pearson of Charlotte, N.C., shot 72 to win the senior division by five shots over Jack Hall (68). Steve Melnyk of Jacksonville had a 72 and won the super-senior division by two shots over Jim Carley (73) of Ormond Beach at 1-under 215.