JACKSON, Tenn. – Even at 60 years old, Tim Jackson is making history. His latest feat came Thursday at Jackson Country Club.
Jackson – the winningest amateur golfer in Tennessee Golf Association history – became the first player to sweep the three state senior tournaments hosted by the TGA as he claimed the 49th annual Tennessee Senior Amateur Championship.
The Williston, Tenn., native also won the Tennessee Senior Match Play and the Tennessee Senior Four-Ball (with teammate Buzz Fly) during the 2019 season.
The haul puts Jackson at 23 state titles for his career, the most of any amateur golfer in TGA history.
“It’s nice to hit your goals for the year,” Jackson said. “Unfortunately I didn’t get to play in the State Amateur or the State Match Play – I was disappointed not to play in those – but I was pretty happy with how I played this year. I’ve been pretty consistent all year. Hopefully I can carry this into the (State) Mid-Am next month.”
The trophy is another to go on the impressive resume for Jackson, who is a three-time USGA champion as well, having won the United States Mid-Amateur in 1994 and 2001 and the USGA Men’s State Team Championship in 2003.
He has also played in the Masters twice (1995 and 2002) and was a member of two U.S. Walker Cup Teams (1995 and 1999).
Still, Jackson makes the state events a top priority on his competitive schedule each summer.
“I’m a Tennessean,” Jackson said. “I love my state and I take a lot of pride in being from Tennessee. I’ve always said that our golfers at the top are as good as any golfers in the country. We aren’t as deep, but our best are just as good. It’s always been that way.”
“I have a lot of pride in that. Golf has given me a lot and I’m involved with the TGA as an officer, so it means a lot to me. I’m not ready to quit doing it. I’m cutting back, but I’m going to continue to play.”
When asked what keeps his competitive fire burning strong all these year, Jackson replied, “Just knowing that I don’t have much of a window left … As long as I’m still healthy and injury free, I’m going to show up and give it my best and see what I can do until my number is up.”
Jackson turned in a three-day total of 2-under, 214 (73-71-70) to win by five strokes over runner-up Tom Paulsen of Gallatin. Collierville’s John Fisher was third at 220, while David Apperson (Memphis), Dan Barton (Germantown) and Jeff Golliher (Knoxville) tied for fourth at 222.
An opening-round 1-over, 73 on Tuesday left Jackson in fourth place, but experience told him that patience would be key for the long, hot week of golf ahead.
“I knew the scores were going to be high,” Jackson noted. “The golf course was playing pretty difficult. If I could just be patient, particularly patient on the greens, and just dial it back – not try to make so many of them but just work on the speed. That worked out pretty well for me.”
Jackson made his fair share of putts in the final round, though, recording five birdies to along with three bogeys for a closing 70.
Paulsen turned in the only other red number in Thursday’s final round as he carded a 1-under, 71. His day was highlighted by his third career hole-one as he aced the 167-yard, ninth hole using a seven-iron.
Ken Lee (Manchester) and David Salyers (Jackson) tied for seventh at 224. Ed McDugle of Memphis (225) and defending tournament champion Steve Golliher of Powell (226) rounded out the top ten.
In winning, Jackson was extremely complimentary of the playing conditions of Jackson Country Club.
“The course … I don’t think I’ve played a course this firm and fast since a USGA championship,” he said. “I can’t remember one of the (TGA) events being this difficult. The fairways played much more narrow due to the firmness, the rough was penal and the greens were super fast.”
“It was a very difficult test this week, so I feel happy to beat Old Man Par. It was just really a pleasant surprise to come here and find the golf course like this.”
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HARRIS CLAIMS SUPER SENIOR CROWN
Doug Harris entered the final round of the Tennessee Super Senior Amateur with a commanding lead and he made it stand at Jackson Country Club.
The Franklin, Tenn., resident turned in a three-day total of 1-over, 217 (72-71-74) to win his second Tennessee Golf Association state title by six strokes over Ed Link of Memphis.
Larry McGill of Ooltewah (224) finished third, while Kevin Mullins (Savannah) and Doug Ryerson (Mount Juliet) tied for third at 226.
Harris won the Tennessee Senior Four-Ball in 2010 with Dennis Vaughn at The Ridges. Harris also claimed the Tennessee Section PGA’s Tennessee Senior Open at Stonehenge in 2015.
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