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Ratliff leads ETA by two strokes entering final round

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Things started a bit nervy on No. 1, but from there it was smooth sailing once again for Cayman Ratliff. The Kingsport native is one round away from being the East Tennessee Amateur champion.

Ratliff left himself ten feet just to save par at the first hole, but after calmly burying the putt, he went back into the same autopilot that carried him to a 6-under 66 first round, carding a 4-under 68.

It won't be handed to him. The round of the tournament was carded by Tillinghast Invitational champion Chip Spratlin on Saturday. Spratlin shot a 7-under 65, putting him two strokes off the lead in second place.

A stroke behind him is Milligan College golfer Mitchell Sutton at 7-under.

Nine players are under par through two rounds, and last year's winner Lucas Armstrong is immediately behind them in 10th at even par.

The final round of the championship flight starts at 11:00 AM at the Elizabethton Golf Course. The final group tees off at 1:00 PM.