Blanchard overtakes Deraney for 2nd-round Carlton Woods lead

In the second round of the Carlton Woods Invitational, Brian Blanchard fired a 3-under 69 to leap-frog first-round leader and defending champion Joseph Deraney. Blanchard now leads by one shot after 36 holes at the Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.

Blanchard, of Scottsdale, Ariz., finished T-8 at this event last year. After two rounds this year, he is at 3-under 141. Crucial in his 3-under 69 were three birdies in his opening eight holes. With a birdie at No. 17, Blanchard took the lead.

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Deraney’s Carlton Woods title defense off to a good start

The defending champion Joseph Deraney (Belden, Miss.) picked up right where he left off at The Club at Carlton Woods, shooting a bogey-free 4-under 68 at the Nicklaus Course to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the 14th annual Carlton Woods Invitational.

Deraney, who last year won the title by two shots at the Fazio Course at Carlton Woods, held steady on a day where the winds gusted over 20 miles per hour.

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