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Friday, May 20, 2011

Sean Jacklin turns pro

Bradenton's Sean Jacklin has turned pro, following in his famous father's footsteps.

The former Saint Stephen's and Manatee High standout played one year at the University of North Carolina.

Jacklin's father, Tony, won the 1969 British Open and 1970 United States Open.

The latter title was noteworthy since no British player, or European, had captured the U.S. Open after Jacklin's triumph until Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell hoisted America's national title in 2010 at Pebble Beach.

His son, Sean, just missed out on getting through local qualifying with a 2-under par 70 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club.

That served as a professional debut of sorts, but his first official event with a payday came Thursday at Heritage Oaks in a West Florida Golf Tour event.
Jacklin carded a 71 for a tie for 9th and a $57 check.

For more on Jacklin's decision to turn pro, check out next Thursday's Bradenton Herald.

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