Pat Britt of Norwood Hills CC birdied the par-five 18th at Algonquin GC on Sunday to edge fellow Norwood player Phil Caravia by one shot and win the 30th playing of the Jim Jackson Invitational. On 18 Britt hit the pin with his third, a pitch from inside 100 yards, and tapped in for a four and the win.
This is Pat’s second “Jackson” win in the past three years. He topped an elite amateur field that included four high schoolers on the young end of the spectrum and decorated seniors such as Don Bliss, Mark Gardiner, Jim Holtgrieve, Andy Frost, and David Lucks. The latter traveled back to St. Louis from his home in Johnstown, PA to compete in his 30th Jim Jackson and continue to honor the man he worked for from 1979-83 and “thinks about every day.”
Jim’s son Beau was on hand both days to watch play and to present the trophy to Britt on Sunday afternoon. He said, “Now that I’m back home from many years working in California, I wouldn’t miss this. It continues to be a great way to honor my dad and his accomplishments. The field is strong every year and we see several generations out there competing for the championship. It’s fantastic!”