Kingsport Times-News: Ratliff earns No. 5 seed for TGA Match Play
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Ratliff earns No. 5 seed for TGA Match Play

From staff reports • Jul 17, 2018 at 7:12 PM

CHATTANOOGA — Kingsport’s Cayman Ratliff shot a 5-under-par 67 on Tuesday at Council Fire Golf Club to easily advance in the TGA’s Match Play Championship.

Ratliff, a former Sullivan South golfer who recently completed his college career at East Tennessee State, finished the 36 holes of qualifying at 5-under 139. He had seven birdies on Tuesday and will be seeded fifth in the 16-man field for match play. He’ll take on No. 12 Trey Poteet in Wednesday’s first round.

Bristol’s Chase Roswall, a Tennessee signee, also made match play, qualifying seventh.

Garrett Whitfield, an Austin Peay golfer from Johnson City, lost in a three-man playoff for the final spot, eventually earned by Steve Golliher. Golliher eliminated Austin Lancaster on the second playoff hole after Whitfield went out on the first.

Ratliff is after his second TGA championship of the summer. Last month he teamed with Brandon Worley to win the Tennessee Four-Ball championship. Worley missed the cut Tuesday after rounds of 75 and 72.

Johnson City’s Jack Rhea, Ratliff’s former teammate at ETSU, missed the playoff by one shot after a second-round 76. Rhea will be competing in the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach in August.

Tim Jackson, a winner of 20 TGA events, tied with Jordan Botwinick for medalist honors at 7 under par. Jackson did not make a bogey in the 36-hole qualifier and earned the No. 1 seed. He will take on Golliher in the first round in a rematch of the Senior Match Play championship match, won by Jackson.

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