Event: 14th Tennessee Senior Amateur Match Play 1st Super Senior Match Play
Host Site: Five Oaks Golf & Country Club, Lebanon, Tennessee
Playing Dates: August 15-18, 2017
Down to the Semis at Senior Match Play
The 16 person Senior Match Play bracket has been cut to four while the Super Senior Bracket has just 2 players remaining.
LEBANON, TENN (August 17th, 2017) The first two rounds of match play at the Senior Match Play Championship took place Thursday at Five Oaks Golf & Country Club. Despite the No. 1 seed and co-medalist losing in the quarterfinals, and incredibly talent final four remain.
Bob Rice made relatively quick work of his opening round match, a 5&4 victory over Patten Smith. The defending champion squared off against Jeff Golliher, the No. 1 seed,in the quarterfinals. The defending champion continued his title defense with a 3&2 victory.
Buzz Fly opened match play with a commanding 6&5 victory. Fly, who qualified to play in the upcoming U.S. Senior Amateur, continued his strong play in the quarterfinals. Fly, who won this event in 2013, defeated Craig McElhaney 4&3 to earn a date in the semifinals against Rice.
Danny Green labored in his opening match, but eventually won 2&1. Green, who was a co-medalist in stroke play, met Ken Lee in the quarterfinals. Once again Green had to see nearly the entire golf course before earning another 2&1 victory. Remarkably, Green is the only player left that does not have his name on the Senior Match Play Championship Trophy.
Tim Jackson also opened with a commanding 6&5 victory in the Round of 16. Jackson, the 2015 Senior Match Play champion, had a much closer contest in the quarterfinals. Jackson eventually outlasted Greg Guinn 2&1 to set up a clash of the TGA titans in the semifinals. Jackson and Green will square off in the semifinals.
Ed Link, who made a hole-in-one during stroke play qualifying, won his quarterfinal match 2&1 to set up a semifinal against stroke play medalist Dan Schorsten. Link pulled of the upset in impressive fashion, punching his ticket to the finals with a 4&3 victory. On the other side of the bracket the No. 2 seed Dr. Neil Spitalny advanced to the semifinals with a 4&3 victory in the morning. Spitalny kept rolling right through the semifinals where he defeated Five Oaks member Doug Ryerson 7&5 to make the first ever Super Senior Match Play Championship Match.
About the Tennessee Golf Association
In 1914, the Tennessee Golf Association (TGA) was organized at Memphis Country Club as an association of five private clubs. The objective of the Association, as stated in its Constitution, "shall be to promote the game of golf in Tennessee." From these small origins the TGA has become an association which now includes over 200 member clubs, courses, and organizations, comprised of over 32,000 individuals from across the state.