Jackson captures Memorial tourney

Lucas Punkari

Having described his round as one that was “up-and-down,” Kevin Jackson’s play at the Kitchen Creek Golf Club on Sunday was good enough to capture the 2012 Memorial golf tournament title.
Jackson, 21, who hits the links five-six times a week, shot a one-under 71 to win the “Blue” flight (determined by where each golfer teed off from) by two strokes over Jordan Davis.
“I had some good holes and I had some bad holes during the course of the day,” Jackson recalled.
“I had a bogey on the third hole, which I find is an easy par-five for me, as I had a bad bounce on the chip and three-putted.
“And then on [the par-four] 16, I hit a shot that ended up going right into the trees that hurt me, as well,” he noted.
“But I was able to bounce back from those bad holes with a couple of birdies, and on this course it always feels nice when you are able to do that,” Jackson added.
After starting his round with two-straight birdies, Jackson was able to utilize his putter to regain the momentum from his hot start after his troubles on the third hole.
“I made a really nice birdie putt on the [par-four] fourth hole to get back on track,” he remarked.
“And then on the [par-three] fifth, I ended up hitting the flag on my tee shot.
“I had another nice birdie putt I thought on the ninth hole, which really helped me out head into the back nine,” he reasoned.
Rounding out the top five in the “Blue” flight were Greg Tighe (78), Dwayne Sinclair (79), and Konrad Sobkowicz (84).
In the “White” flight, meanwhile, Tom Fry withstood a shaky back nine to capture top spot with a round of 83, two strokes better than Dan Parfitt.
“I had a pretty good front nine, but I just wasn’t able to stay consistent on the back nine,” the 66-year-old Fry noted.
“I started with a birdie on the third hole, which was a bonus for me as I got a skin for that, and I also thought I was playing the par-threes really well,” he added.
“But then on the back nine, I started to go wayward on my tee shots all of a sudden, and that led to a couple of bad holes.
“I managed to get it back together on the last two holes, which I was happy about, as I knew it was going to be close and I didn’t want to waste any more strokes,” Fry smiled.
Glenn Jorgenson (89), Hugh McKinnon (90), and Alton Pollard (90) rounded out the top five in the “White” flight.
The next event scheduled at Kitchen Creek is a scramble fundraiser for the Muskie Sports Association, which will be held this Saturday (June 9).
Call the pro shop (274-4653) for more details or to register as an individual or a foursome.