JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. — In the Tennessee Golf Almanac, Tim Jackson (Williston) and Buzz Fly (Memphis) have some of the most extensive championship entries in the book. On Thursday, both added to their ever-growing resumes by successfully defending their titles at the Men’s Senior and Super Senior Amateurs, respectively.
It was his 27th Tennessee Golf Association championship for Jackson, extending his record of most TGA titles. Fly’s win was his sixth TGA win.
The winningest man in TGA history seemed to breeze through the competition at Blackthorn Club at The Ridges. Jackson led wire-to-wire after turning in a 6-under-par 66 in round one and was the only person in the field to shoot at or below par over the course of the week. His 66-68-72 gave him an 11-stroke victory over the field, finishing the Senior Amateur at 10-under-par.
Jeff Golliher and Mike Poe finished the Senior Amateur Championship tied for second at 1-over-par. Poe made a final round push as he carded the second-lowest 18-hole score of the week with a 5-under-par 67 to complete one of his best finishes at the Senior Amateur.
Bryan Rodgers and Cary Daniels rounded out the top 5 of the Senior Amateur as they both tied for fourth at 2-over-par. Rodgers finished strong with a pair of 1-under-par 71s to finish up the final two rounds of the championship. Daniels' two even-par rounds on the first and final day of the tournament kept him right in the mix all week.
The Super Senior Amateur Championship was a little closer at the top when everything was said and done. Fly only held a one-shot lead heading into the final day with David Apperson hot on his heels. The defending Super Senior Amateur champion was able to pull away with a 4-under-par 68 to come away with the win. Apperson, however, was the only Super Senior competitor to not have an over-par round. The Memphis native finished the week 72-71-72 to secure his second place spot at 1-under-par.
Mike Freels, Tony Green and Neil Spitalny rounded out the top five. Green made the toughest climb to get inside the top five after opening the tournament with a 9-over-par 81 before recording an even-par 72 and a 1-under-par 71 on the final two days of the event.
Many of the same men will be headed to the Men’s Senior and Super Senio Match Play Championships at Signal Mountain Golf & Country Club in October. Registration for that event is open now.