Jackson wins record 26th TGA title at Senior Amateur; Fly claims Super Senior Crown
MEMPHIS - The winningest amateur golfer in Tennessee Golf Association history added to his record total in August.
Tim Jackson of Williston turned in a record-breaking performance at the 2021 Tennessee Senior Amateur at Windyke Country Club, winning by nine strokes over Pat Chisholm and Steve Mann, both of Franklin..
It gave Jackson his 26th TGA title and his third Tennessee Senior Amateur crown (2016, 2019).
In the Super Senior Division, Buzz Fly of Memphis held off a late final-round charge from Franklin’s Doug Harris to win by one stroke. It was the fifth TGA title for Fly, who has teamed up with Jackson to win three Tennessee Senior Four-Ball titles since 2016.
Jackson finished with a three-round total of -15, 201, that included a tournament record 9-under, 63 to open the event. His car that day included ten birdies. For the tournament, Jackson made 17 birdies to just two bogeys.
His 54-hole score also was the lowest in the 50-year history of the event.
“I really don’t try to think about it (number of wins),” Jackson said. “I was really more nervous today than the previous two rounds, just because with a nine-stroke lead…’Boy, I hope I don’t set a record for blowing the biggest lead’”.
“Once I got settled in and played four of five holes, I kind of got that out of my system and played really solid.”
Chisholm turned in a final-round 66 to finish at -6, 210 (70-74-66), as did Mann (71-71-68). Rounding out the top five were Bill Oliver of Sevierville (-4, 212) and defending Tennessee Senior Match Play champion Mike Albonetti (-3, 213) of Cordova.
The Super Senior Division had its second round cut to nine holes due to inclement weather. Fly finished with a -5, 175 total.
Harris closed with a 68 and at one point had the lead in the final round, but a long birdie putt by Fly on the 17th hole decided the outcome.
Tom Baird of Signal Mountain (-1, 179), Ed Link of Memphis (+3, 183) and Phil Powers of Germantown (+3, 183) rounded out the top five.