August 25, 2009

Jackson leads U.S. Amateur qualifying

Tim Jackson shot a 2-over 72 Tuesday that was good enough to make him the oldest medalist in the 114-year history of the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Jackson, at age 50, challenged to win the U.S. Senior Open earlier this summer before eventually tying for 11th place.

Now he is the leading qualifier in the oldest golf tournament in the nation and will be the No. 1 seed among the 36 remaining competitors when the match play portion of the tournament begins Wednesday.

After more than 300 players attempted to qualify over two courses, the match play segment of the event will take place entirely at the Southern Hills Country Club. The course has hosted three U.S. Opens and four PGA Championships.

The previous oldest medalist at the U.S. Amateur was Walter Travis, who was 46 when he pulled off the feat in 1908.

Jackson turned in an even-par 140 for two rounds of qualifying. Mark Anderson, Will Strickler and Ben Martin shared second place at 141.