Jack Hall Wins the Golfweek Senior Match Play Championship
Jack Hall, the 2017 Golfweek Senior Match Play champion<br>(Ron Gaines/Golfweek photo)
Jack Hall, the 2017 Golfweek Senior Match Play champion
(Ron Gaines/Golfweek photo)

SANFORD, NC (August 21, 2017) - Jack Hall of Savannah, Georgia defeated Scott Smith of Houston, TX 3&2 in the final match to win the Golfweek Senior Match Play Championship at Tobacco Road Golf Club.

It was the fifth straight match win for Hall in the tournament, giving him his second major senior title of the year. Hall won the Timuquana Cup by five shots in May.

Hall was looking for a win after four runner-up finishes this season, most recently in the National Senior Hall of Fame tournament just up the road in High Point, NC.

It was a busy two-and-a-half days of five matches, with Hall surviving two matches on Saturday and Sunday to advance to the final.

In the semifinals played on Sunday afternoon, Hall beat Michael Wharton-Palmer 2&1, while Smith knocked out Kevin Macy 3&2.

Gary Robinson, Mark Nickerson, Mac McGee and John Fritz advanced to the quarterfinals played Sunday morning but were eliminated in that round.

In the Super Senior Division, Mike Jackson of Augusta, GA won the final 2 up against Rick Kline, while in the Legend Division, Edward Craig defeated George Washburn 3&2.


Eight players advanced to day two of the Golfweek Senior Match Play Championship at Tobacco Road, after a day that saw the top two seeds and the defending champion eliminated from the field.

30 players started the tournament and were seeded according to their Golfweek Senior Ranking. The top two seeds, Jim Starnes and Steve Hudson, received byes into the second round. The other 28 played a round of morning matches.

Starnes was knocked out by Gary Robinson, who in the first round beat Jim Hegarty 6&4. Robinson's 7&6 win over Starnes meant that he had to play only 26 holes on the day.

Hudson's stay was not much longer. Mac McGee won by default in his morning match, which meant that he arrived as fresh as Hudson did for their afternoon tilt, and it went 22 holes before McGee took the win.

The defending champion Mike Arnold won his morning match with George Adams, 5&3, but was knocked out in the afternoon by Kevin Macy, 2 up.

The following quarterfinal matches will be played on Sunday:

Gary Robinson v. Kevin Macy
Mark Nickerson v. Scott Smith
Mac McGee v. Michael Wharton-Palmer
Jack Hall v. John Fritz

In the Super Senior Division, 24 players started the tournament, with 8 players receiving byes in to the second round. After day one, six of the top eight seeds remain in the tournament, including the #1 seed Gary Kirwan.

Super Senior quarterfinal matches:

Gary Kirwan v. Phil McDade
Berger Warner v. Mike Jackson
Rick Kline v. Wyatt Meyer
Evan Long v. Neil Spitalny

In the Legends Division, 16 players started the tournament, and two rounds were played to narrow the field down to the final four.

The #1 seed George Washburn won two matches today to advance to the semifinals.

Legends semifinal matches:

George Washburn v. Walt Martin
Gary Shimmin v. Edward Craig

Results: Golfweek Senior National Match Play
WinGAJack HallSavannah, GA800
Runner-upTXScott SmithHouston, TX500
SemifinalsFLKevin MacyTampa, FL300
SemifinalsARMichael Wharton-PalmerTexarkana, AR300
QuarterfinalsNCGary RobinsonFayetteville, NC100

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ABOUT THE Golfweek Senior National Match Play

The Golfweek Senior National Match-Play Championship consists of four separate brackets, senior (age 55-64), super-senior (age 65-69), legends (age 74) and super-legends (75+). Over the course of three days, players in each bracket will be whittled to one Senior National Match-Play champion in each division. Unlike other match play tournaments, The Golfweek Senior National Match Play is not a one loss and done tournament. As players are eliminated from match-play they will enter a consolation stroke-play competition using the stableford scoring system.

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