BREAKING: Max Jackson Wins 2nd Straight State Individual Title
For the second year in a row, La Salle phenom Max Jackson is the State Individual Champion.
Jackson posted a two-round score of 139 (3-under) at Cranston Country Club to win the title by five shots over Narragansett’s Sebastian Carlson and Moses Brown’s Harry Dessel.
“It was crazy. This year definitely felt a littler closer than last year, Harry was playing great. Coming down the stretch there was definitely a lot of pressure. But this one feels different. We have a clean sweep this year, boys individual, girls individual and team so I’m glad that I did my part,” said Jackson after the round.
Jackson becomes the first player to win back-to-back State Titles since Will Dickson won four in a row from 2014 to 2017.
Jackson has been open about going for four in a row, which would tie Dickson’s record.
“It definitely feels good to get these two out of the way. Feels like they will definitely be the hardest, now that I have this experience it will be better,” said Jackson.
The next two years could be something historic for Jackson.
Jackson’s Final Round
After a 67 in round one, Jackson began the day with a three shot lead over Dessel.
Both Jackson and Dessel bogeyed the fourth hole to keep the margin in tact, but Dessel made birdie on six to cut Jackson’s lead to two.
Jackson responded with a birdie on seven to get his three shot lead back.
“I really didn’t get much going until seven. I hit an okay drive, and finally got on e rolling on a putt and saw it go in the center, so that was big,” said Jackson.
Following that birdie, he bogeyed the eighth hole, but bounced back with a birdie on nine after driving the ball in the right rough.
Jackson hit a low liner out of the rough that took a nice bounce toward the flag, leaving him only a few feet.
Hard to tell if he did it on purpose or not, but it was impressive.
On the back side, Jackson made bogey on ten and 13, but his playing competitors made bogey and double to give Jackson a five shot lead with just a few holes to go.
The capper was 16, when Jackson nearly drove the green and made birdie, giving it a fist pump afterward.
1. Max Jackson – 139
2. Sebastian Carlsson – 144
Harry Dessel – 144
4. Brady Williams -147
5. Ryan Dacey – 149
6. Jasper Bruins Slot – 150