Memphis' Jackson holds off Deraney for Old Waverly win
Isaiah Jackson (Memphis Athletics photo)
Isaiah Jackson (Memphis Athletics photo)

Playing in his home state, Memphis junior Isaiah Jackson clipped Joe Deraney, one of the top mid-ams in the country, to win the Old Waverly Invitational on Sunday. It’s Jackson’s first major title since winning the Patriot All-America in December.

Jackson had rounds of 68-70 at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss., host site of this summer’s U.S. Women’s Amateur, for a 6-under total. He played his final four holes of the day in 2 under, which was a good thing considering that Deraney played his final four holes in 4 under. Deraney eagled the par-5 15th then birdied Nos. 17 and 18 for a closing 69 that left him one shot short, in a tie for second with Jack Gnam. Both men were 5 under.

Deraney recently relocated from his home of Lexington, Ky., to Beldon, Miss. He is the reigning Canadian Mid-Amateur champ, which scores him a spot in the RBC Canadian Open later this summer. Deraney is coming off a tie for second at the Gasparilla Invitational and a tie for 15th at the Jones Cup, where he was the low mid-amateur.

Chase Harris and Thomas Hogan tied for fourth with 3-under totals.

In the senior flight, David Allen came out on top with a 1-under total. Rounds of 70-73 left him as the only player to get under par for 36 holes. He clipped Rickey Riley by three shots.

Three players topped the super senior division at 4-over 148 including Ben Thibeaux Jr., Brother Sandifer and Neil Spitalny.

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The Old Waverly Invitational is scheduled as 36 holes of stroke play. Divisions: Men's, Senior (50+), Super Senior (60+). Flights will be determined following 18 holes of play. Players will be re-paired following the first round based on score. The number of flights is based on field size with awards following completion of the second round.

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