Tim Jackson wins playoff at Birmingham National Invitational
Birmingham National Invitational champ Tim Jackson <br>is flanked by Runner-up Patrick Christovich (left) <br>and Joseph Deraney
Birmingham National Invitational champ Tim Jackson
is flanked by Runner-up Patrick Christovich (left)
and Joseph Deraney
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (May 31, 2015) — Just two weeks ago, Tim Jackson nearly beat the best pros and amateurs in his home state of Tennessee. Although he had to settle for a runner-up finish in the Tennessee State Open, it was clear to even that casual observer that Jackson, 56, is playing some of his best golf.

Today at a challenging Country Club of Birmingham West Course — that hosted the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur — Jackson posted a tournament-low score of three-under 68. 

That number got the Germantown, Tenn. resident to two-under for the tournament, and was good enough to make up four strokes on 36-hole leader Patrick Christovich of New Orleans. Christovich, the No. 4 ranked Mid-Amateur in the AmateurGolf.com Mid- Amateur Rankings, had missed a lightning fast birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation, which would have given him the win outright.

"I had that same putt last year to win," said Christovich in a phone interview. "It's one of those putts that's so fast you just have to breathe on it to get it started. Last year I knocked it 15 feet by and made the comebacker. This year, I barely missed and still had five feet left."

The two players headed out to the 18th hole, a relatively short par-four where Jackson made an unlikely birdie from the trees to win it. Forced to hit a low punch shot after missing the fairway right, Jackson was able to not only hit a deft approach shot to the green, but sink a 15-foot putt for his birdie (from the low side of the hole). Christovich had a chance to extend the playoff, but again had a downhill six-footer that he slid by the edge.

Joseph Deraney of Lexington, Ky. grabbed third place at one-under, while Craig Smith of Nashville was alone in fourth at even-par 213.


The Birmingham National Invitational, called simply the "National Invitational" by the club, continues to attract a solid field of mid-am players and should see its status elevated in the AmateurGolf.com Mid- Amateur Rankings, the only rankings dedicated to golfers aged 25 and over.

Results For Birmingham National Invitational Golf Tournament
Place  PtsScores
1TNTim JacksonGermantown, TN40071-72-68=211
2LAPatrick ChristovichNew Orleans, LA30070-69-72=211
3KYJoseph DeraneyLexington, KY20071-72-69=212
4TNCraig SmithNashville, TN20071-69-73=213
T5ALSeth SargentBirmingham, AL20069-72-73=214

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