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John Derrick, Waco, Texas


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Round two is in the books at the 2024 Senior Masters.  Players were greeted with clear blue skies and warm temps that reached a high of 91 in the afternoon.  Red figures ran rampant throughout the day as the course has played firm and fast.  Some familiar names are at the top of the leaderboard as we move to the final round with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Thursday.  

John Derrick (Waco, TX) continues to lead the Senior Division after following up his 6-under 66 with a stellar back nine 31 in round two en route to a solid 2-under par 70.  Derrick’s two-day total of 8-under leads by just one stroke over hard charging Randy Haag (Orinda, CA).  Haag shot his age (65) on Wednesday in a round that featured six birdies and an eagle against a lone bogey.  Kevin VandenBerg (Pulaski, NY) and Mike Lohner (Southlake, TX) are five shots off the pace at 3-under par for the tournament.

Jerry Hudgins (Tyler, TX) shot a second consecutive 1-under par 71 to post a 2-under total of 142 to lead the Super Senior Division by one stroke.  Tied for second just one stroke behind are Craig Calkins (Manhattan Beach, CA) and Jeff Burda (Modesto, CA).  Robbie Dew (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) and Richard Petit (Menlo Park, CA) are tied for fourth at even par.

Peter Van Ingen (Palm Beach, FL) now shares the lead with Jeffrey Knox (Jupiter, FL) after each player swapped scores from rounds one and two.  They both sit at even par after carding 1-over and 1-under through two days.  Jody Vasquez (La Quinta, CA) found red figures on day two with a 1-under round of 71 and is lurking two shots behind at 2-over.  

In the Super Legend Division, Gerry Graham (Mesa, AZ) built on his overnight lead by firing a 4-under round of 68 for a 5-under total of 139.  In second place, George Dillon (Sun City West, AZ) also found red numbers today with his own 2-under round of 70 for a 4-over total of 148.

Special thanks to Indian Wells Golf Resort for hosting the event, and to Callaway Golf for their sponsorship of the Society of Seniors.