DP sets the pace

The third annual JDP Invitational launched in windy, frigid conditions Monday at the Palms Golf Course in Mesquite, where Debbie Peters served as pacesetter for the other four players in the tournament.

Debbie’s 115 from the red tees at the Palms was a net 76 for the 39-handicap who usually plays from a modified senior ladies tee marker that looks suspiciously like the 150-yard marker.

“My putting was back to amazing,” said Debbie, who played with John Peters and pretty much had the course to themselves. “We just had a blast today. I made some awesome putts.”

A net 76 will be tough to beat for the others, who play Casablanca on Friday for the right to carve their initials into the green candle. Defending champion Jeremy Peters will be back with a six handicap, meaning he will need an 81 or better to win. Inaugural champion John Peters comes in with a handicap of 20, making his target score a 95.

Laura Walsh is back as well and not carrying a baby this season, at least not in her belly. Her 18 handicap sets her in position for her first win if she can shoot 93 or better. Sean Walsh added a few strokes to his handicap over the winter, coming in as a nine. Do the math and that means an 84 or better could earn him his first green candle.