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Terry wins Tennessee Mid-Am; Jackson second
Ryan Terry, right, with father Johnny (TGA/Twitter photo)
Ryan Terry, right, with father Johnny (TGA/Twitter photo)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Oct. 6, 2018) – Ryan Terry had some ground to make up at the start of the final day of the Tennessee Mid-Amateur. But Terry, facing a three-shot deficit, manufactured a final-round 9-under 63 and found himself with a five-shot victory.

Terry, who played college golf for Lipscomb, didn’t make a bogey Saturday in his run to his first state mid-am title. He had a back-nine 30 to reach 17 under and seal his victory.

After back-to-back rounds of 4-under 68 to start the tournament, Terry trailed second-round leader Josh Wheeler, a former Tennessee Wesleyan player who was recently reinstated as an amateur, by three shots. He led Tennessee legend Tim Jackson, a six-time winner of this event, by one.

That meant Terry got to play the final round with Jackson.

“I knew a lot about Tim, but he even had some stories for me today I didn’t know about – playing with Gary Player in the Masters, winning some U.S. Mid-Amateurs,” Terry said. “Any time you can play with a guy like that and perform, it’s a definite confidence booster.”

Jackson, with a final-round 64, tied for second with defending champion Matt Cooper. Both reached 12 under for 54 holes. Wheeler had a 1-over 73 to drop to a tie for fifth with Joshua Collins.

ABOUT THE Tennessee Mid-Amateur

Open to amateurs age 25 and older who are members of a TGA Club. Qualifying is required for those who do not meet the exemption criteria. Format consists of 54 holes of stroke play with a cut to the low 30 players and ties following the second round.

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