East Tennessee Amateur wraps up

Published 8:43 pm Sunday, July 5, 2015

ELIZABETHTON – The 2015 Carter County Bank East Tennessee Amateur had a first Sunday as it was the first time that the championship flight was shortened to 45 holes, but it was due to heavy rains.

It was a repeat winner as Cayman Ratliff carded a 32 on Sunday’s front nine to defeat his cousin Brandon Worley by two shots. The duo of Sullivan South graduates entered the final round tied at nine-under-par. The final group, along with third-place finisher Jack Rhea were approaching the 12th hole when lighting forced the remaining golfers off the back nine. After that the clouds opened and rain fell causing the tournament to be cut short.

Ratliff was aiming at his scoring record from a season ago when he won with a total of 16-under in the 10-shot win. He also became the fifth player to win multiple East Tennessee Amateur crowns.

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“It feels great. I played really good on the front and I knew coming into today that it may be a nine-hole day,” Ratliff said. “I knew I had to get off to a good start.”

In the senior division it was old hat as Mike Poe won the flight for the seventh time. The Tennessee Wesleyan College head men’s golf coach fired a 67 to win the senior crown by two shots over Jeff Isaacs. Isaacs did take the 50-54 age group, five shots better than Tony Gouge, Jeff Andrews and James Fender. Steve Morton was the winner in the 60-over flight with a three-day total of 226.

“It was a good win. I didn’t play real well the first two days,” said Poe. “Today I was pretty sharp and drove the ball well, made some putts. It was a good day.”

Lacie York was the first Carter County Bank East Tennessee Amateur Women’s Division champion. She fired a one-under 71 on Sunday to win by two shots over Ann Sullivan. York’s 71 was the only round under-par in the division. Michaela Matheson was third after a final-round 79.

Brian Allen, Josh Shaver, Dylan Bailey and Troy Baker all won their flight championships.

Carter County Bank East Tennessee Amateur
Sunday’s final round
At Elizabethton Golf Course
Par 72
Championship Division
(Final round shortened to nine holes)
Cayman Ratliff 68-67-32–167
Brandon Worley 68-67-34–169
Jack Rhea 70-68-33–171
Nick York 71-67-35–173
James Beckner 70-70-34–174
Zach Briggs 71-70-34–175
Tyler Lane 72-70-35–177
Boddie Bible 73-70-34–177
Jace DeVault 74-69-34-177
Garrett Whitfield 71-70-37–178
Jake Goins 74-71-33–178
Joshua Gambrell 74-71-34–179
Kelly Lane 71-72-37–180
Joe Brooks 71-74-36–181
Ben Treadway 75-71-35–181
Jeff Scott 66-75-40–181
Nick Cohen 74-69-39–182
Chris Wynne 71-76-35–182
Mitchell Sutton 75-72-35–182
Nathan Ballenberger 73-74-36–183
Rick Mays 71-78-34–183
Tim Moore 77-70-36–183
Lucas Armstrong 76-69-39–184
Austin Carter 77-73-34–184
David Greer 75-72-37–184
Alex Bradford 76-72-36–184
Chris Guy 72-78-36–186
Alex Hutson 71-77-38–186
John Carpenter 71-76-40–187
Joseph Matherly 77-71-39–187
Cameron Dugger 73-77-38–188
Ben Harris 75-73-41–189
Billy Haren 76-74-41–191
Dakota Norton 78-72-DQ

Jeff Isaacs 74-68-70–212
Tony Gouge 72-73-72–217
Jeff Andrews 77-68-72–217
James Fender 77-70-70–217
Dave Bellessa 73-73-73–219
David Reynolds 77-70-72–219
Greg Rodgers 75-71-74–220
Steve Wyatt 78-72-74–224
James White 76-77-75–228
Ronnie Breeden 77-74-79–230
Mike Davis 83-85-86–254

Mike Poe 73-70-67–210
Jimmy Whittenburg 74-70-72–216
Dwight Scott 72-73-72-217
Eddie Bailey 74-75-69–218
Lyman Fulton 76-73-74–224
Danny Jones 75-73-81–229
Don Lester 75-78-79–232
Rick Rogers 82-81-WD
Lewis Huettel 94-95-WD

Steve Morton 78-73-75–226
Bob Ross 77-77-77–231
Mike Seal 76-79-78–233
Pat Kenney 81-76-81–238
James Love 80-78-79–237
Eddie Lewis 85-83-85–253
Ansley Bishop 89-82-84–255
Phil Powell 90-83-87–260
Phil Stephenson 95-83-97–286

Women’s Division
(First round was shortened to nine holes)
Lacie York 43-76-71–190
Ann Sullivan 40-77-75–192
Michaela Matheson 41-78-79–198
Marie Johnson 43-82-83–208
Jenny Brock 46–95-91–232
Jamie Hinkle 50-92-98–240
Felicia Nidiffer 48-97-99–244
Malisa Rader 52-98-100–250
Angie Grizzle 52-100-101–253

Match play groups
Titelist Flight
Championship: Brian Allen def. Shannon Johnson
Consolation: Casey Goetz def. Carroll Deaton; Mitch Cabe def. Zach McCamey
Bridgestone Flight
Championship: Josh Shaver def.Chris Tidwell
Consolation: Dylan Wyatt def. Greg Goulds; Larry Calhoun def. Chad Napier
Callaway Flight
Championship: Dylan Bailey def. Mark Dugger
Consolation: Mitch Nidiffer def. Jamie Shipley; Bucky Harris def. Rick Eggers
Ping Flight
Championship: Troy Baker def. Jerry Whitt
Consolation: Brian Scott def. Wendell White; Paul Johnson def. Garrett Rader