Event: 17th Tennessee Match Play Championship
Host Site: Hillwood Country Club - Nashville, Tennessee
Playing Dates: June 13-16, 2017
Four Survive Weather, Opponents, at Match Play
After a lengthy weather delay the field at the Tennessee Match Play has been trimmed to four.
NASHVILLE, TENN (June 15th, 2017) Results from the 17th Tennessee Match Play Championship at Hillwood Country Club in Nashville, Tenn. Thursday, June 15th (Par 36-36—72, Yards: 7032).
The Match Play Championship bracket was a result of 36 holes of stroke play. The Round of 16 players and quarterfinal rounds were played Thursday. The semifinals and finals will be played Friday.
After 18 holes of stroke play qualifying Chase Roswall was four strokes out of the top 16. Fast forward three days and the recent high school graduate is in the semifinals. After a six-under-par 66 gave Roswall the No. 9 seed, the University of Tennessee commit won his first match 2 & 1 over Cameron Yeary. “Cameron and I were side-by-side all day,” Roswall said. The win in the Round of 16 set up a date with the medalist Chris Barron in the quarterfinals, a challenge Roswall was anxiously awaiting. “I looked forward to playing him all day. It was a tough match. We were making birdie after birdie,” Roswall said about his 4&3 win over Barron. The future Volunteer has found his stroke after a rough first day, “I have a lot of confidence. I had a two week break for graduation, but I feel good now. I just need to make a few more putts,” Rosswall said. Craig Smith is waiting for Roswall in the semifinals. Smith, the No. 13 seed and 2012 SunTrust Tennessee State Open Champion, won his Round of 16 match 5 & 4 over Tyler Peggs. Smith took his quarterfinal match the distance against Nolan Ray knocking in a 12-foot par putt to win 1up on the par-4 18th.
Trevor Johnson squared off against the defending champion, William Nottingham, in the Round of 16. Johnson looked to have the match in control, up two through 16. The defending champion proceeded to birdie Nos. 17-18 to win both holes and extend the match. Johnson managed to regroup himself and birdie the 21st hole to advance to the quarterfinals. Johnson did not need as many holes to defeat Jack Smith beating the University of Tennessee product 2&1. The final semifinalist is no stranger to making a run at the Tennessee Match Play Championship.. Matt Cooper will be making his third consecutive trip to the semifinals after beating Cayman Ratliff 5 & 4 then defeating Tim Jackson 2 & 1. “I have been in this morning match on the final day the last three years,” Cooper said after defeating Jackson. Despite two previous trips to the semifinals, Cooper is seeking his first trip to the finals.
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.