Event: 14th Tennessee Senior Amateur Match Play 1st Super Senior Match Play
Host Site: Five Oaks Golf & Country Club, Lebanon, Tennessee
Playing Dates: August 15-18, 2017
Jackson Captures 19th Title at Senior Match Play
Tim Jackson beat two quality opponents Friday en route to his second Senior Match Play Championship
LEBANON, TENN (August 18th, 2017) Three of the four semifinalist that started play Friday morning had already won the Senior Match Play Championship. Danny Green was the only semifinalist still searching for his first Match Play Championship. Green looked to be on his way to the finals when he knocked his approach on No. 5 to gimmie range, already two-up. Instead of going three-up, Tim Jackson made a 15-foot birdie-putt to halve the whole. That putt changed the momentum of the semifinal. The 2015 Senior Match Play champion went on to win holes No. 7-12 to go from two-up to three-down. Jackson made his fifth consecutive birdie on No. 12, but Green matched the birdie to stay three-down. Green birdied No. 13 to get within two, but that would be as close as the former US Mid-Amateur champion got. Jackson won Nos. 14-15 to win the match 4&3.
In the other semifinal, defending champion Bob Rice led a back and forth affair by two at the turn. Rice got to three-up with a win on No. 10. His opponent, Buzz Fly, fought back winning the next two to cut his deficit to one-down. Rice won No. 15 to regain a two-up lead and eventually closed out the match 2&1, giving himself the opportunity to defend his title.
In the championship match, Jackson jumped out to an early lead with a birdie on No. 1. Rice leveled the match by winning No. 3. From there, the past two champions played neck and neck until Jackson won No. 7 to take a one-up lead. Three holes later Jackson doubled his lead after winning No. 11. Yet again, three holes later Jackson won No. 15 to take a three-up lead. Jackson made a three-foot par putt on No. 16 to win 3&2. The Senior Amateur Match Play Championship is Jackson’s 19th state championship. “Bob is a great competitor and it was an honor to play him and I am fortunate to win,” Jackson said, trophy in hand.
The inaugural Super Senior Match Play Championship ended in anticlimactic fashion. Dr. Neil Spitalny, the No. 2 seed, was unable to compete Friday morning, forcing him to concede to match to Ed Link. This is Link’s first state championship and caps off a special week at Five Oaks Golf & Country Club that included a hole-in-one.
About the Tennessee Golf Association
In 1914, the Tennessee Golf Association (TGA) was organized at Memphis Country Club as an association of five private clubs. The objective of the Association, as stated in its Constitution, "shall be to promote the game of golf in Tennessee." From these small origins the TGA has become an association which now includes over 200 member clubs, courses, and organizations, comprised of over 32,000 individuals from across the state.