Tim Jackson among Round of 64 winners at U.S. Senior Amateur

Tim Jackson among Round of 64 winners at U.S. Senior Amateur

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Tim Jackson among Round of 64 winners at U.S. Senior Amateur

ST. LOUIS –  Tim Jackson, a two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, survived the first round of match play Monday at the 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur at Old Warson Country Club.

After opening his match against John Madden of Barrington, Ill., by winning the first two holes, Jackson never trailed en route to a 5-and-3 victory.

“It was a struggle compared to yesterday. I hit it all over the place. Fortunately, my short game was really good,” said Jackson, who chipped in for birdie on No. 5 from 20 feet. I only hit two or three greens on my front nine and shot even par, so my short game kept me in there.”

Jackson, of Germantown, Tenn., will take on Bryan Norton, of Mission Hills, Kan., in the Round of 32 after Norton defeated Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash., 2 and 1. Norton and Brandes are former runners-up in the U.S. Senior Amateur. Brandes lost to Chip Lutz last year, and Norton was defeated by Pat Tallent in 2014.

In another match, Vance Antoniou of North Barrington, Ill., defeated Joe Russo, of Sewell, N.J., 4 and 3. Antoniou made the field as a second alternate after first alternate Dan Roan, a sportscaster for WGN in Chicago, was covering the Cubs and unable to make the trip.

“I was playing a practice round for the Illinois Senior Open,” Antoniou said, “when the phone rang with the words ‘USGA’ on the screen. I thought, No, it can’t be. … They give me the news that I could tee off tomorrow at 12:50 p.m. if I could get there. I got in my car and drove straight here.”

His opponent, Russo, is a 59-year-old retired New Jersey police officer who has made three appearances in the U.S. Senior Amateur.

“I just couldn’t find my rhythm today, for some reason,” Russo said. “When I putt, I don’t feel the ball leaving the putter, but today it felt like it was clanking off the face.”

Tournament golf is not the main concern for Russo. “I spent 25 years in a police car, and I don’t like the drive to get there,” Russo said. “Actually, I don’t mind driving there. It’s the thought of driving home that makes me crazy.”

Russo, who has a 19-year-old son at home with a plus-4 handicap, added, “I’m on the back side of my career, and my son is just starting,”

Without batting an eyelash, Russo, who has his priorities straight, said, “Everything goes to him.”

Results

ROUND OF 64

  • Tim Jackson def. John Madden, 5 and 3
  • Bryan Norton def. Tom Brandes, 2 and 1
  • Michael Hughett def. Stan Namola, 19 holes
  • Patrick Tallent def. George Marucci, 2 and 1
  • Bob Royak def. Kip Estep, 4 and 3
  • Richard Jeffers def. Logan Jackson, 5 and 3
  • John McClure def. Thomas Brennan, 3 and 1
  • Eddie Lyons def. Marcus Beck, 3 and 2
  • Nolan Mills def. Tim Sheppard, 2 up
  • Dave Ryan def. James Starnes, 4 and 3
  • Paul Simson def. Mitch Wilson, 19 holes
  • Chip Lutz def. Jeff Burda, 2 and 1
  • Randy Haag def. Anthony Fioretti, 2 and 1
  • Michael Dunsmore def. Tom Laubacher, 3 and 2
  • Wayne Wright def. Robin Bradbury, 5 and 4
  • Michael Alsup def. David Apperson, 1 up
  • Vance Antoniou def. Joe Russo, Sewell, 4 and 3
  • Kevin Cahill def. Patrick Murphy, 4 and 3
  • Steven Liebler def. James Gallagher, 3 and 2
  • Adam Kugler def. Mike Booker, 1 up
  • Buzz Fly def. Frank Ford, 3 and 2
  • John Hornbeck def. Danny Green, 4 and 3
  • Ken Palladino def. Roger Dean, 19 holes
  • Casey Boyns def. Gary Robinson, 19 holes
  • Randal Lewis def. Pat O’Donnell, 2 up
  • T.J. Brudzinski def. Bob Harrington, 2 up
  • Matthew Sughrue def. Randy Mitchell, 4 and 2
  • Michael Turner def. James Pearson, 3 and 2
  • Mike Peck def. Brian Secia, 4 and 3
  • Mike Brummer def. Geno Berchiatti, 1 up
  • Doug Hanzel def. Steve Groom, 3 and 1
  • Brady Exber def. Scott Mayne, 3 and 2

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