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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Joseph Deraney wins the 13th Carlton Woods Invitational

THE WOODLANDS, TX (May 3, 2018) – In last year’s Carlton Woods Invitational, Joseph Deraney (Nashville, TN) entered the final round tied for the lead with eventual champion Justin Kaplan, but a disastrous start to the round knocked him from contention and into a disappointing and distant second-place finish.

This year, Deraney found himself in a similar position, holding a narrow one-shot lead over two-time champion Colby Harwell (San Antonio, TX).

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