LOUDON, Tenn. – Nothing came easy for the No. 1 seed in the 2018 Tennessee Four-Ball Championship match play bracket on Thursday.
But the name of the game is survive and advance, and that’s exactly what Scotty Hudson and John Tyminski did.
The pair of Tennessee State University golfers needed 20 holes to win their opening match against Dan Crockett and Kevin Watford.
Hudson and Tyminski returned in the afternoon and were locked in a battle with Coleman Parrish and Jimmy Ward until Tyminski holed out for eagle on No. 14 to put them 1-up and they eventually won 2&1.
Hudson and Tyminski advance to face Clemson University golfer Kyle Cottam (Knoxville) and rising University of Tennessee freshman Jet Tickle (Bristol) in the quarterfinals Friday morning.
Both the quarterfinal and semifinal matches of the tournament will be held on Friday, followed by the championship match on Saturday.
“The first match was really hard,” Tyminski said. “And then our second match, on 14, I laid up with a two-iron and had 93 yards. Scotty said, ‘I haven’t seen a hole out in a while’. And then it happened. It was crazy.”
This is the first time Tyminski and Hudson have played together in a four-ball format event. They earned the No. 1 seed for the bracket by firing a round of 11-under, 61 on Wednesday in the stroke play qualifying portion of the tournament.
Cottam and Tickle also had a tough opening match on Thursday, edging Tanner Owens and Cole Clear 1-up, before coming back to roll to a 7&5 victory over Scott Odell and Evan Spence.
Defending tournament champions and University of Tennessee teammates Spencer Cross and Chase Roswall continued their path toward a repeat. They beat Boddie Bible and Luke Cabbage 5&4 in the Round of 32 and then followed that up with a 3&2 win over Nick Garretson and Matt Mitchell.
Roswall and Cross trailed in their afternoon match after Garretson made a birdie on No. 10, but the Vols’ duo got hot down the stretch with Roswall making four straight birdies.
They will face recent East Tennessee State University graduate and 2013 Tennessee Junior Amateur champion Cayman Ratliff and his cousin Brandon Worley in the quarterfinals.
Ratliff and Worley won 5&4 over Tanner Dowland and Tanner Nelson in the morning. They were 4-up on Michael Barnard and Bryce Lewis on the back nine of their second match, but saw Barnard and Lewis run off three straight birdies before the comeback bid fell short.
The other side of the bracket finished as darkness was falling, due to the fact that play was suspended for two-and-a-half hours around midday for lightning.
Former Tennessee Tech standouts Lee Maxwell and Wes Korth won a pair of tight matches, the second coming 2&1 over ETSU golfer Jack Rhea and his dad, A.R. The Rheas knocked off 2016 Tennessee Four-Ball champions Jack Smith and Ryan Greer 1-up in the morning.
Maxwell and Korth will take on Austin Collins and Eric Rose of Knoxville. Collins and Rose scored a pair of 2&1 victories, the second over Middle Tennessee State University golfers James Beckner and Graham Gosselin.
The final quarterfinal match scheduled for Friday will feature a Farragut High School reunion of sorts, with brothers Mitch and Chip Thomas taking on Brian Clark and Tyler Johnson.
Chip Thomas and Johnson are now teammates at MTSU, while Clark is playing for Lee University. Mitch Thomas once starred at Tennessee Tech, along with Scott Stallings.
Clark, Thomas and Johnson were all part of Farragut’s 2014 TSSAA state championship team.
ROUND OF 32 MATCHES
Hudson/Tyminski def. Crockett/Watford, 20 holes
Parrish/Ward def. Gallagher/Sherlin, 3&2
Cottam/Tickle def. Owens/Clear, 1-up
Odell/Spence def. Dickenson/Garvin, 7&5
Cross/Roswall def. Bible/Cabbage, 5&4
Garretson/Mitchell def. McKenney/Simonsen, 5&4
Ratliff/Worley def. Dowland/Nelson, 5&4
Barnard/Lewis def. Johnson/Steakley, 5&4
Beckner/Gosselin def. Giles/Yeary, 2&1
Collins/Rose def. Crowder/Watts, 2&1
Rhea/Rhea def. Greer/Smith, 1-up
Korth/Maxwell def. Collins/King, 2&1
Thomas/Thomas def. Briggs/Davis, 6&5
Cheney/Rey def. Bradford/Couch, 3&2
Clark/Johnson def. Mays/Rice, 3&2
Junio/Smith def. Fox/Lancaster, 1-up
ROUND OF 16
Hudson/Tyminski def. Parrish/Ward, 2&1
Cottam/Tickle def. Odell/Spence, 7&5
Cross/Roswall def. Garretson/Mitchell, 3&2
Ratliff/Worley def. Barnard/Lewis, 5&4
Collins/Rose def. Beckner/Gosselin, 2&1
Korth/Maxwell def. Rhea/Rhea, 2&1
Thomas/Thomas def. Ray/Cheney, 3&2
Clark/Johnson def. Junio/Smith, 3&2