Jackson Frame knows how fast a lead can slip away in a match play golf tournament.
Two years ago at the Chippeways, he trailed Eric Schumacher entering No. 17 and forced extra holes. Last year, Bill O’Mara was 1-up on Frame at the same point in the match, but Frame eventually won it in 20 holes.
On Sunday, Frame was 2-up on Schumacher entering No. 17 and sank a long birdie putt to finish off a victory in the 83rd Chippeways at Maysville Country Club. It is his second straight title and third in four years.
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“I felt a good bit of pressure. I’m pretty sure when me and Eric went to extra holes two years ago I was 2-down with two to play, so I know from experience what can happen. I just wanted to hit it somewhere in play, hit the green and just see what happens – force him to make a birdie,” said Frame.
Frame was 1-up entering the back nine, but Schumacher’s second shot on No. 10 landed near U.S. 68 and resulted in the five-time Chippeways champion being 2-down.
Schumacher, who beat Drew Traxel in the semifinals, was able to take advantage of a poor tee shot from Frame, who was unable to find his ball, on the next hole and Schumacher squared up the match with a birdie on No. 12.
On the par-3 13th hole, Frame was able to putt for par, but Schumacher, whose tee shot landed on the green, missed two putts to fall behind again.
Frame, a Mason County graduate that recently capped off his college career at Northern Kentucky University, found himself off the fairway on the 14th hole, but managed to stay 1-up on Schumacher with the help of chip onto the green that stopped just short of the hole.
“Where I found me tee shot, I knew I kind of had to hit just a punch shot under the limbs up there and give myself a shot at flopping it up on the green and getting up and down,” said Frame.
After they halved No. 15, Frame was able to take advantage of mistakes from his opponent. Schumacher’s first shot on No. 16 landed among the trees along the left side of the fairway and his second forced him to take a drop. Frame, meanwhile, managed to barely keep his approach on the green and was 2-up with two to play.
“I think I finally did get tired. There’s a lot that goes into this and there’s a lot of people that help out, but I’ve hit it good for the last two weeks – better than I have in a long time. This afternoon I just couldn’t find it. I didn’t deserve to win. I hit too many poor shots to win this thing,” said Schumacher. “Jackson, he’s a good kid and he’s a good player, too. He gets up and down from everywhere. It just wears you out eventually.”
Facing a long putt on the next hole, Frame thought back to a putt made by Troy Grooms, who he beat in the semifinals. He set his feet, looked up at the hole, down at the ball, back up at the hole for a second time and then back down to his ball, before letting his putter do the work.
“Midway through the putt I thought, ‘That’s good speed. I should be able to halve it.’ Then it kind of started traveling up through there and I knew I saw Troy Grooms, who I played earlier today, have a putt from a similar line earlier. Once it got up 10 feet away I was like, ‘This has a good chance,’” said Frame. “The last few feet I knew it was in.”
It’s Frame’s second straight title and third overall. He also won the title in 2015. He’s the first back-to-back champion since Mark Blakefield won three straight in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Frame’s title was the 17th in 18 years for members of the Maysville Country Club. In 2016, he fell to Schumacher in the final for Schumacher’s fifth title.
Teron Bay was overseeing his first Chippeways since taking over the pro shop in April, and he’s expecting golfers to come out hungrier to knock off the young champion in the future.
“I think maybe we’ll get some guys to step up their game, want to dethrone the king,” said Bay. “He has been wearing them out pretty good the past couple of years.”
Other flight winners include David Orme in the first flight, Jim Tichenor in the second flight, Clint Ravencraft in the third flight, Howard Barger in the fourth flight, Mark White in the fifth flight and Jim Finch in the senior flight.
“The championship flight turned in amazing matches all week,” said Bay. “We had a total of about 12 matches go extra holes this week over all the flights, so I think we had everybody pretty evenly matched up and I think it turned out great.”
83RD CHIPPEWAYS GOLF TOURNAMENT
SUNDAY, JUNE 24
J. Frame def. T. Grooms
E. Schumacher def. D. Traxel
J. Frame def. E. Schumacher
D. Orme def. N. Cracraft
C. Thornhill def. J. Hoh
D. Orme def. C. Thornhill
S. Faulkner def. M. Tubbesing
J. Tichenor def. D.J. Hodge
J. Tichenor def. S. Faulkner
C. Ravencraft def. R. Tubbesing
L. Bradley def. B. Canada
C. Ravencraft def. L. Bradley
H. Barger def. H. Fuller
J. Chamberlain def. T. Gardner
H. Barger def. J. Chamberlain
G. Grutza def. B. Grutza
M. White def. J. Brooks
M. White def. G. Grutza
J. Finch def. B. Hudson