US Mid-Amateur: Jackson, Forrester Advance

Flagstaff, Ariz. (Sept 12, 2006) – Last year’s runner-up, Carlton Forrester of Birmingham, Ala., and two-time champion Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tenn., each won a pair of matches Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Forest Highlands Golf Club.

Others who advanced to the quarterfinals were Alan Bratton, 34, of Stillwater, Okla.; Rick DeWitt, 49, of Arvada, Colo.; Gene Elliott, 44, of West Des Moines, Iowa; Scott Hardy, 30, of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Ryan Hybl, 25, of Winterville, Ga.; and Dave Womack, 27, of McDonough, Ga.

Play continues with two more rounds of match play on Wednesday. The 36-hole final is set for Thursday.

Forrester, 30, took an early lead en route to beating Bill Williamson of Cincinnati, Ohio, 3 and 2. He defeated Tim Cobb of Fishers, Ind., in his morning round, 2 up.

“I got lucky this morning,” admitted Forrester. “You have to have a little luck on your side when you are hoping to win six matches. There was a time when I was 2 down that I should have been 6 down.

“But this afternoon, we had a good match. I think we both were under par.”

Jackson, 47, who won the 1994 and 2001 Mid-Amateur titles, again used a come-from-behind style in beating Marc Peterson of Modesto, Calif., 3 and 2. Earlier in the day, he defeated Will Johnson of San Francisco, Calif., 3 and 2.

“It’s all about patience,” said Jackson of his catch-up style this week. “This is a marathon. You have to let your opponent know that you’re not going away and that if he is going to beat you, he’ll have to make some birdies. I never really worry too much because so much can happen on those closing holes.

“The one thing I’ve got going for me is that I’ve done it before. You try not to think about winning, but it’s in the back of your mind.”

But while Jackson, the 1994 and 2001 winner advanced, defending champion Kevin Marsh of Las Vegas, Nev., and 2003 champion Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa., were defeated.

Marsh was a second-round casualty, losing to Hardy, 3 and 1. Hardy, the head golf coach at St. Mary’s College, then edged 50-year-old Patrick Carrigan of Walnut, Calif., by making a 57-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole before Carrigan missed his birdie attempt from five feet.

Smith lost in a close third-round match to Hybl, 1 down. Hybl now faces Jackson. Hardy faces Bratton.

Bratton, a college All-American who played for six years as a professional, had an easy time in winning his two matches by scores of 3 and 2 and 4 and 3 respectively.

“I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Bratton, who was reinstated as an amateur earlier this year. “Maybe by the end of the week I can answer that. But sure, I expect to do well. I’m not as mentally tough as I once was, but I have to accept that.”

The Mid-Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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ABOUT THE U.S. Mid-Amateur

The U.S. Mid-Amateur originated in 1981 for the amateur golfer of at least 25 years of age, the purpose of which to provide a formal national championship for the post-college player. The event is open to those with a USGA Handicap Index of 3.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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