The field of eight is set for the Open Division at the Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital.
Hitters produced great numbers and many of the sets were very close throughout the day, making this one of the most competitive events this season.
No. 1 ranked Kyle Berkshire led the way, followed by Jeff Gavin, who is making his second straight TV appearance.
“All the guys are hitting quality balls, and I got lucky a couple of sets where I hit it in a really good spot,” said Gavin. “I’m my biggest competition. Whether you know, Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde shows up. So, if I hit my ball, that’ll be my number, and if they beat it, kudos to them.”
Also making it to Monday night’s quarterfinals is No. 4 ranked Justin James. James held the No. 1 spot from the 2017 World Championship until the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash this season, but he’s not concerned with his current standing in the rankings.
“Of course, you want to be number one,” said James, “but there’s nothing you can really do about it except try to, you know, weigh in and perform your best and then, you know, we’ll see.”
James is making his third appearance on TV this season, but in his first two, the Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun and Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash, he was bounced in his first match.
“I’ve hit really good all year; I just haven’t really gotten results,” said James. “I kind of ran into some, what I feel like are bad breaks, but I feel like I’ve executed in what I needed to just sometimes, you know, I didn’t get results.”
The final round of the Open Division gets underway at 6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. Here are the four quarterfinal matches:
Kyle Berkshire vs. Justin Moose
James Tait vs. Justin James
Martin Borgmeier vs. Ryan Reisbeck
Tim Burke vs. Jeff Gavin