Florida coach J.C. Deacon turns in another clean card to take sole lead in Florida Open

University of Florida golf coach J.C. Deacon played his second bogey-free round in a row and with a 66 on Saturday at the Pine Tree Golf Club in Boynton Beach, took the sole lead in the 74th Florida Open at 10-under-par 133.

Veteran mini-tour player Kenny Goodykoontz of Ft. Myers shot 68 at the Club at Quail Ridge to finish alone in second at 9-under.

The 70 players who made the 4-over cut will play the final round on Sunday at Pine Tree, where the professionals will be chasing a $100,000 purse.
Devon Hopkins of Jacksonville Beach birdied three of his first five holes at Pine Tree and fired a 65 with no bogeys to get into a tie for third with Michael Kartrude of Jupiter (a bogey-free 65 at Quail Ridge) at 7-under 136.

Deacon, who won the 2017 Florida Open at Black Diamond, began his round at No. 10 and was 1-under for the day through 11 holes. He then birdied four of his next five holes to pull ahead of Goodykoontz.

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