Kingsport Times-News: Knoxville's Lane builds 5-shot lead in ETA

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Knoxville's Lane builds 5-shot lead in ETA

Jeff Birchfield • Jul 7, 2018 at 7:35 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Tyler Lane wants to close it out this time around.

For the second year in a row, the Knoxville golfer held the lead heading into the final round of the Carter County Bank East Tennessee Amateur at Elizabethton Golf Course.

After shooting a 67 in the first round of the 24th annual event, Lane followed up with a 66 in the second round for an 11-under 133. He held a five-stroke lead over Jonesborough's Chip Spratlin, who rallied with his own second round of 66.

Lane played 36 holes on Saturday and was on target with 12 birdies and only one bogey, a three-putt on No. 10 in the first round. He said the birdies weren't as much from his play on the green but getting there with his short approaches.

"To make only one bogey, that was key to keep the ball in good spots," Lane said. "I didn't get off to a great start in either round, but I made a few putts in the middle of the rounds. I had five birdies the first round, but it was more my short approaches. My wedges were the key today and then I made a couple of key putts in the second round to keep my momentum going."

Lane, the brother of Science Hill tennis coach Kelly Lane, finished third in last year's tournament. He said the key Sunday is to not put too much pressure on himself.

"I just have to come out relaxed and to have fun," Lane said. "I love this tournament and I have to keep that in mind. I'm just glad to be here and to be a part of it. I want to be as focused as I can, but also have fun."

Spratlin, who famously beat Tiger Woods to win the 1995 NCAA championship, has won multiple local championships but is still looking for that elusive ETA win.

One shot behind Spratlin was two-time East Tennessee Amateur champion Cayman Ratliff. After a first-round 67, Ratliff was tied with Lane and North Carolina golfer Matthew Bateman but shot 72 in the second for a 5-under 139.

Ratliff is looking for his second big win in three weeks. He teamed with his cousin Brandon Worley, another Sullivan South alumnus, to win the Tennessee Four-Ball Championship in Loudon on June 22.

However, Ratliff was frustrated at the end of Saturday's second round. A long tee shot on No. 18 led to a short approach, but he overshot the hole and then missed a 12-foot putt to drop another stroke behind.

"I just didn't play well that second round," Ratliff said. "I have a lot of work to do."

Kingsport's Nick York, another South alum who won the tournament in 2010, and North Carolina golfer Joe Brooks were tied for fourth at 4-under 140.

Defending champion Garrett Whitfield dropped out of contention after his two-round total of a 2-over 146.


Mike Poe, an eight-time ETA seniors division champion, had 12 birdies over the first two rounds for an 8-under 134 to lead by one stroke over Mike Wood.

Poe, a former Science Hill and Tennessee Wesleyan basketball coach who was recently named the new coach at Volunteer, posted rounds of 68 and 66.

"I played really well. I had a lot of opportunities and I stayed out of trouble," he said. "That second round, I made six birdies and no bogeys. You have to keep the ball in play here. I drove it in trouble twice, but I was able to escape with pars both times. That's the most important thing, to keep it in play and to keep it in front of you."

Wood, the seniors division winner at the Tillinghast Invitational last month, shot rounds of 66 and 69.

Their nearest competition was a ways back. Tony Gouge was at 1-under 143 after rounds of 70 and 73.


24th annual Carter County Bank

East Tennessee Amateur

Second Round

Saturday at Elizabethton GC

Championship Flight

Tyler Lane 67-66-133

Chip Spratlin 72-66-138

Cayman Ratliff 67-72-139

Joe Brooks 69-71-140

Nick York 71-69-140

Blake Howard 70-71-141

Boddie Bible 72-70-142

Tommy Miller 74-68-142

Carlson Cox 71-72-143

Matthew Bateman 67-76-143

Chris Guy 69-75-144

Matt Dibella 70-74-144

Ben Treadway 72-72-144

Tyler Duntsch 70-75-145

Ben Campbell 71-74-145

David Talley 73-72-145

Garrett Whitfield 72-74-146

Jacob Davis 73-73-146

Jeff Scott 76-70-146

Gibson Miller 73-73-146

Bryan Sangid 74-73-147

Lucas Armstrong 74-73-147

Chad Couch 76-71-147

Ethan Mays 76-72-148

Sam Pleasant 76-73-149

Cameron Dugger 74-76-150

Josh Taylor 74-76-150

Brandon Mathes 75-75-150

Hunter Chandley 76-74-150

Tyler Presley 80-71-151

Benjamin Harris 78-73-151

Christopher Schaff 75-76-151

Missed the cut

Elliott Smith 73-79-152

Caleb Moss 74-79-153

Kolby Evans 75-79-154

Tucker Alley 74-81-155

Reid Smith 79-76-155

Mitchell Sutton 82-73-155

Jordan Williams 78-78-156

Jeremy Rollins 75-82-157

Wesley Hall 81-76-157

Jason Hoagland 79-81-160

Nick Bradshaw 82-80-162

Tyler Justis 86-79-165

Laeth Ratliff 85-80-165

Cameron Lane 83-88-171

Hunter Adams 84-92-176

Shawn Ray 92-84-176

Michael Kucera 90-91-181

Ricky Pelton 93-101-194

Matt Love 73-WD

Dakota Rash WD

Gabe Turner WD

Seniors Division


Bill Hardin 71-75-146

Wayne Buckles 71-80-151


Mike Wood 66-69-135

Tony Gouge 70-73-143

James White 71-74-145

James Fender 73-73-146

Dwight Scott 73-73-146

Joe Avento 74-75-149

Dan Robbie 74-77-151

Jeff Andrews 76-75-151

Chris Tidwell 76-78-154

Mike Davis 78-83-161

Marty Eads 81-80-161


Mike Poe 68-66-134

Marc Runyan 70-74-144

Eddie Bailey 72-73-145

Herb Smith 70-80-150

Lyman Fulton 74-76-150

Bob Ross 77-74-151

Dean Batchelder 75-79-154

Ronnie Burton 79-78-157

Jamie Shipley 78-82-160

Dave Dugger 86-78-164

Scott Campbell 83-82-165

Tommy Scott 86-80-166

Ansley Bishop 83-84-167

Greg Goulds 84-84-168

Richard Parker 82-86-168

Andrew Quillen 74-WD

Eddie Lewis 85-WD

Match play flights

Ping Flight

Kelly Lane def. James Steffan

Tyler Church def. Brian Pardue

Stephen Wilson def. Bennett Swafford

Andrew Pisacano def. Luke Bateman

Callaway Flight

Eric Hall def. Zack McCamey

Mitchell Nidiffer def. Jeff Taylor

Brad Hedrick def. Tony Southard

Carroll Deaton def. Deano Taylor

Titleist Flight

Mark Dugger def. Jason Otto

Brian Allen def. Harmon Duncan

David Croston def. Jerry Whitt

Felicia Nidiffer def. Paul Johnson

Mizuno Flight

Andrew Julian def. Michael Hawk

Keith Buck def. Troy Baker

Casey Goetz def. John Angelopoulos

Rick Eggers def. Chad Napier


Sunday's tee times

Final round

Match-play pairings

7:00 a.m. - Brian Pardue vs. Stephen Wilson

7:08 a.m. - Andrew Pisacano vs. James Steffan

7:16 a.m. - Jeff Taylor vs. Brad Hedrick

7:24 a.m. - Zack McCamey vs. Carroll Deaton

7:32 a.m. - Harmon Duncan vs. David Croston

7:40 a.m. - Felicia Nidiffer vs. Jason Otto

7:48 a.m. - Troy Baker vs. Casey Goetz

7:56 a.m. - Rick Eggers vs. Michael Hawk

8:04 a.m. - Kelly Lane vs. Michael Church

8:12 a.m. - Eric Hall vs. Mitchell Nidiffer

8:20 a.m. - Mark Dugger vs. Brian Allen

8:28 a.m. - Andrew Julian vs. Keith Buck

Seniors Flight

9:00 a.m. - Greg Goulds, Richard Parker

9:10 a.m. - Tommy Scott, Ansley Bishop

9:20 a.m. - Dave Dugger, Scott Campbell, Marty Eads

9:30 a.m. - Ronnie Burton, Jamie Shipley, Mike Davis

9:40 a.m. - Dean Batchelder, Chris Tidwell, Bob Ross

9:50 a.m. - Jeff Andrews, Dan Robbie, Wayne Buckles

10:00 a.m. - Lyman Fulton, Herb Smith, Joe Avento

10:10 a.m. - James Fender, Dwight Scott, Bill Hardin

10:20 a.m. - Marc Runyan, Eddie Bailey, James White

10:30 a.m. - Mike Poe, Mike Wood, Tony Gouge

Championship Flight

11:10 a.m. - Christofer Schaff, Tyler Presley

11:20 a.m. - Hunter Chandley, Josh Taylor, Benjamin Harris

11:30 a.m. - Sam Pleasant, Brandon Mathes, Cameron Dugger

11:40 a.m. - Chad Couch, Lucas Armstrong, Ethan Mays

11:50 a.m. - Jacob Davis, Jeff Scott, Bryan Sangid

12:00 a.m. - Tyler Duntsch, Garrett Whitfield, Gibson Miller

12:10 a.m. - Matt Dibella, Ben Campbell, David Talley

12:20 a.m. - Matthew Bateman, Ben Treadway, Chris Guy

12:30 a.m. - Boddie Bible, Tommy Miller, Carlson Cox

12:40 a.m. - Joe Brooks, Nick York, Blake Howard

12:50 a.m. - Tyler Lane, Chip Spratlin, Cayman Ratliff

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