Jeter Runs the Table Again at the Havemeyer Invitational
Jonathan Jeter went back-to-back at Southward Ho (SHCC photo)
Jonathan Jeter went back-to-back at Southward Ho (SHCC photo)

BAY SHORE, NY (May 12, 2018) - Jonathan Jeter of the Nassau Players Club defeated Christopher O'Keefe of Bethpage State Park 2&1 in the final match of the Havemeyer Invitational at Southward Ho Country Club, successfully defending his title in the historic match play event.

In so doing, Jeter ran his winning streak in the event to eight matches. Jeter hasn't lost in the Havemeyer since falling in his quarterfinal match in 2016.

Last year Jeter was the stroke play medalist as well as the champion; this year his 72 got him into the middle of the championship bracket.

After taking out Sean Byrne 5&3 in his first match, Jeter won a hard-fought match over the #1 seed Brendan Davis to get into the semifinals.

In the semis he faced Darin Goldstein, winner of the Metropolitan Amateur last fall as well as last week's Eagle Oaks Invitational. In his tightest match of the tournament, Jeter prevailed 1 up.

In the Senior Division, Jay Sessa of the Cherry Valley Club won the final match 1 up over Michael Corrigan, who along with Jeter was going for the Nassau Players Club sweep of the Havemeyer titles.

Sessa was the stroke play medalist with a 3-under 68, and then won his matches by 4&3, 4&3 and 3&2 margins before his narrow win in the final.

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ABOUT THE Havemeyer Invitational

Regional event played on Southward Ho, a A.W. Tilinghast-designed course that was bailed out by Horace Havemeyer during the Depression era. Since 1951, the Havemeyer Invitational has attracted top metropolitan region amateur golfers to compete at Southward Ho in a three day event. 18 hole qualifier establishes match play contestants in both championship and senior divisions.

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