U.S. Senior Amateur: Top-seed Tim Jackson among those moving on
Top-seed Tim Jackson in action during the Round of 64 <br>(USGA Photo)
Top-seed Tim Jackson in action during the Round of 64
(USGA Photo)

ST. LOUIS, MO (September 19, 2016) -- Tim Jackson earned U.S. Senior Amatuer medalist honors on Sunday at Old Warson Country and then he kept the good times rolling in Monday's Round of 64. Facing 64-seed John Madden, Jackson won the first two holes of his match and never looked back as he won 5&3.

Madden got as a close as 1 down after he won the 4th hole but Jackson was just to tough. The two- time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion extended his lead back to 2 up on the ensuing hole and then stretched it to 3 up on No. 7.

After Madden won the 10th, Jackson put the match away with victories on Nos. 11, 12 and 15.

“It was a struggle compared to yesterday. I hit it all over the place. Fortunately, my short game was really good,” said Jackson following his round. “I only hit two or three greens on my front nine and shot even par, so my short game kept me in there.”

Defending champion Chip Lutz almost didn't reach match play but after finding his form on Sunday he kept his title defense going with a 2&1 triumph over No. 20 Jeff Burda. Playing as the 45- seed, Lutz jumped out to a 3 up lead thanks to three birdie winning holes in the first seven.

Burda, the winner of the 2016 Golfweek Senior Amateur, would claw his way back into the match with wins on the 10th and 12th holes and moved himself within 1 down with still six holes to play. However, Lutz was able to right the ship with a series of halves and then put the match away with a win on No. 17.

The most notable upset in the Round of 64 was two-seed Joe Russo falling to No. 63 Vance Antoniou. Russo, who admitted to being nervous each of the first two days, won his first and only hole of the day on No. 1 and then watched as Antoniou methodically pulled away. Antoniou evened the match on the 2nd and then took a lead he wouldn't relinquish on No. 6 before going onto win 4&3.

In a battle of former U.S. Senior Amateur winners, 2014 winner Patrick Tallent was able to defeat 2008 champion George "Buddy" Marucci 2&1. Tallent, the 17-seed took a 2 up lead early but it was Marucci winning the 7th and 8th holes to square the match. After a halve Tallent again began to stretch his lead as he tallied victorious on the 10th, 14th and 15th holes.

Trailing 3 down Marucci tried to rally by winning the 16th, however it was to little to late as Tallent put an end to things with a halve on No. 17.

Two-time champion Paul Simson survived one of the more entertaining matches from the Round of 64. Trailing 2 down to No. 52 Mitch Wilson with two holes remaining Simson, the 13-seed, won the last two holes of regulation to square the match and then won it on the 19th hole with a par. Simson tied the match with a birdie on No. 18 after he knocked is approach shot for four feet.

“I really felt that we were going home. I missed a few putts, and it just wasn’t going well,” said Simson. “I’ve been given a reprieve. To win six matches playing superlatively just doesn’t happen. This is one of those where I wasn’t as sharp as I needed to be but somehow I persevered. I feel very fortunate.”

Simson will now face Lutz in a match up between former champions in the Round of 32.

Another former champion, Doug Hanzel had to overcome a deficit in his Round of 64 match. The 2013 winner and 11-seed was 2 down after three holes against No. 54 Steve Groom before winning five of six holes from Nos. 5-10 to flip the match and take a 3 up advantage. Hanzel went onto win 3&1.

With match play continuing Tuesday will feature the Round's of 32 and 16.

How the Top-10 Fared:

No. 1 Tim Jackson defeated No. 64 John Madden (5&3)
No. 63 Vance Antoniou defeated No. 2 Joe Russo (4&3)
No. 3 Randal Lewis defeated No 62 Pat O'Donnell (2 up)
No. 61 Noland Mills defeated No. 4 Tim Sheppard (2 up)
No. 5 Randy Haag defeated No. 60 Anthony Fioretti (2&1)
No. 6 Mike Peck defeated No. 59 Brian Secia (4&3)
No. 7 Buzz Fly defeated No. 58 Frank Ford (3&2)
No. 8 Bob Royak defeated No. 57 Kip Estep (4&3)
No. 9 Thomas Brennan defeated No. 56 John McClure (3&1)
No. 10 Ken Palladino defeated No. 55 Roger Dean (19 holes)

-The USGA contributed to this story

Results: U.S. Senior Amateur
WinILDave RyanTaylorville, IL2000
Runner-upVAMatt SughrueArlington, VA1500
SemifinalsTNTim JacksonGermantown, TN1000
SemifinalsWIKevin CahillWaukesha, WI1000
QuarterfinalsCAJohn McClureLos Angeles, CA700

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ABOUT THE U.S. Senior Amateur

The USGA Senior Amateur is open to those with a USGA Handicap Index of 7.4 or lower, who are 55 or older on or before the day the championship begins. It is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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