GALLATIN – Jack Ramsey is living proof that you’re never too old to be a student of the game.
The 71-year-old from Germantown has recently been reading a book by Dr. Bob Rotella entitled, “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect.”
Ramsey put what he’s learned to good use Wednesday afternoon.
He turned in a blemish-free card of four birdies and the rest pars to fire a round of 4-under, 68. That gave him a two-round total of 144 and medalist honors for the 36-hole stroke play portion of the second annual Tennessee Super Senior Match Play Championship at The Club at Fairvue Plantation.
“I’ve been reading (the book) the last three days,” Ramsey said. “It changed my mental aspect. Focus on your target and just swing. Stay within yourself, don’t get ahead of yourself. (Today) I really picked good targets and swung good.
“All those things in his book, I had outlined in yellow and I just kind of read back over them last night and the night before. It’s just kind of got me in a good position. Whether it will do that tomorrow, who knows.”
Ramsey has an extensive background in match play, including winning the 2009 Tennessee Senior Match Play title. He also won the State Super Senior Four-Ball and State Super Senior Amateur in 2013.
He will be the top seed in the eight-player championship bracket on Thursday and is set to square off against No. 8 seed Ronnie Law.
Mike Nixon (Nashville) finished four strokes back of Ramsey in stroke play, followed by Ed Link (Memphis) in third at 149. Link won the inaugural Tennessee Super Senior Match Play title last year.
The round of eight will be contested in the morning and the round of four in the afternoon. The Super Senior championship match is set for Friday morning.
The Tennessee Senior Match Play Championship is also being held this week at The Club at Fairvue Plantation and there is no shortage of strong contenders who came out of 36-hole qualifying the past two days.
The Senior Match Play bracket is made up of 16 players.
Williston’s Tim Jackson earned medalist honors in stroke play qualifying as he backed up an opening-round 71 with a 4-under, 68 on Wednesday. Jackson is the defending champion of the tournament, having won it in both 2015 and 2017.
He will be the No. 1 seed and will match up against another former winner of the event, Thomas Baird of Chattanooga. Baird claimed the title back in 2010.
Baird was the last player to earn a spot in this year's bracket after four players went to a playoff for the final three berths Wednesday. Baird birdied the second extra hole to get in over Bruce Stein (Memphis).
“I like (match play) in that anything can happen,” Baird noted. “Usually the best player wins, but there is always that chance that someone is going to be off their game or you can get hot. I won in 2010 and that was kind of the highlight of my golf career."
Doug Harris (Franklin) and Ted Fellman (Gallatin) both recorded a par on the opening playoff hole, while Baird and Stein bogeyed and needed to go one more.
Danny Green of Jackson had the second-best round of the day with a 69 to finish runner-up behind Jackson in the stroke play qualifying. Green had a two-day total of 143.
“You can’t win the tournament today, all you are looking for is a tee time,” Green said, “so I was just trying to make a bunch of pars.”
For the Senior Match Play, the round of 16 will be Thursday morning and the round of eight in the afternoon. The final four and the championship match are set for Friday.
TENNESSEE SENIOR MATCH PLAY
Round of 16 – May 3, 2018.
No. 1 Tim Jackson vs. No. 16 Thomas Baird, 7:30 a.m.
No. 8 Greg Guinn vs. No. 9 James Fender, 7:40 a.m.
No. 4 Jeff Golliher vs. No. 13 Stewart Lawwill, 7:50 a.m.
No. 5 Tom Paulsen vs. No. 12 Mike Poe, 8 a.m.
No. 2 Danny Green vs. No. 15 Doug Harris, 8:10 a.m.
No. 7 David Salyers vs. No. 10 Tom Schreiner, 8:20 a.m.
No. 3 Bob Rice vs. No. 14 Ted Fellman, 8:30 a.m.
No. 6 Steve Golliher vs. No. 11 Bryan Rodgers, 8:40 a.m.
TENNESSEE SUPER SENIOR MATCH PLAY
Round of 8 – May 3, 2018
No. 1 Jack Ramsey vs. No. 8 Ronnie Law, 8:50 a.m.
No. 4 Brian Schnabel vs. No. 5 Larry McGill, 9 a.m.
No. 2 Mike Nixon vs. No. 7 Howard Lomax, 9:10 a.m.
No. 3 Ed Link vs. No. 6 Doug Ryerson, 9:20 a.m.