Ratliff, a former Sullivan South golfer who recently completed his college career at East Tennessee State, finished the 36 holes of qualifying at 139, five under par. He had seven birdies on Tuesday and will be seeded fifth in the 16-man match play field. He’ll take on No. 12 Trey Poteet in Wednesday’s first round.
Bristol’s Chase Roswall, a Tennessee signee, also made match play, qualifying seventh.
Garrett Whitfield, an Austin Peay golfer from Johnson City, lost in a three-man playoff for the final spot.
Steve Golliher eventually earned that spot. He eliminated Austin Lancaster on the second playoff hole after Whitfield went out on the first.
Ratliff is after his second TGA championship of the summer. He previously teamed with Brandon Worley to win the state’s Four-Ball championship. Worley missed the cut Tuesday after rounds of 75 and 72.
Johnson City’s Jack Rhea, Ratliff’s former teammate at ETSU, missed the playoff by one shot after a second-round 76. Rhea will be competing in the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach in August.
Tim Jackson, who has won 20 TGA events, tied with Jordan Botwinick for medalist honors at seven under par. Jackson did not make a bogey in the 36-hole qualifier and earned the No. 1 seed. He will take on Golliher in the first round in a rematch of the state’s Senior Match Play championship match, won by Jackson.