Kingsport golfer trying to win East TN Amateur, make The Masters

Kingsport's Cayman Ratliff hasn't teed up a golf ball yet for ETSU. He'll do that in the fall. This summer, he's trying to win the East Tennessee Amateur and make The Masters.

Ratliff - a soon-to-be freshman for the Bucs - has qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The former Sullivan South golfer is one of two golfers from Tennessee playing in the national tournament.

The winner earns a spot in the 2015 Masters at Augusta National.

But before Ratliff tees it up in Newton, Kan. July 14-19, he's hoping to win one of the top local amateur tournaments.

He tees off Friday in the 20th annual East Tennessee Amateur at the Elizabethton Golf Course.

"I really like my chances," Ratliff told News 5 WCYB Thursday, the day before the tournament begins.

"I'm playing really well. I have practiced a lot the last few weeks and I am ready to get back in it. Whether I am playing a local invitational or playing in the biggest tournament I've ever played in in my life, I'm trying to go out there and play the same as i normally do."

Sixty golfers are competing in the East Tennessee Amateur Championship flight Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship features golfers from public courses around the country. Ratliff will be representing Kingsport's Warriors' Path Golf Course.

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