Nicholas Lyerly makes NC Amateur Golf Championship history at Governors Club

Chapel Hill, NC – On Sunday, Nicholas Lyerly, a rising high school senior from Salisbury, became the youngest North Carolina Amateur champion in history at Governors Club in Chatham County. At 17 years 5 months and 7 days, Lyerly is two months younger than Joshua Martin when he captured the 2014 title.

Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury“I’ve been close a bunch of times, just never got a win,” said Lyerly about claiming his first CGA championship victory. “To come out with a win is just great. I’m glad it’s on Father’s Day, I know my dad is really proud.”

Lyerly, the 2015 North Carolina Junior Player of the Year, started Sunday’s final round with a two stroke advantage over Thomas Eldridge of Raleigh and Caleb Keck of Reidsville. Eldridge, 20, a rising junior at UNC-Wilmington and 22-year-old Keck would not apply much pressure on Lyerly, posting 73 and 78, respectively on Sunday.

The competitor that closed within one stroke of Lyerly played two groups ahead, Jamestown’s Justin Tereshko. The 26-year-old Tereshko’s five-under 67 was kick-started by three opening birdies then an eagle-birdie combination on Nos. 13 and 14. “I think I am going to come up one shot short again,” the 2015 runner-up said while waiting for the last group to finish. The birdie on hole 14 elevated him to 8-under for the championship, but a downhill putt hit off the green on hole 16 led to bogey. In four rounds Tereshko made 19 birdies and two eagles. He commented that what he will lose sleep over are three double bogeys he made during the back nine on Saturday.

Also shooting 67 Sunday was Tim Conover of Holly Springs. His round was highlighted by an albatross on the par-5 13th, made by knocking an 8-iron into the cup from 181 yards.

Lyerly came out firing Sunday, hitting pitching wedges on the first two holes to tap-in birdie range, extending his lead to four. “On the front nine I came out firing,” Lyerly recalled after his round. Knowing he had a sizable advantage on the field at the turn, the UNC-Greensboro commit started playing conservatively on the back nine. Unfortunately, that game plan led to back-to-back bogeys on holes 15 and 16, cutting his lead to just one over Tereshko. A birdie on the par-5 17th gave Lyerly the cushion he needed to tap-in a bogey for the one-stroke victory at 8-under-par 280.

With the win Lyerly gets his name engraved on the trophy and an exemption into the 102nd Carolinas Amateur Championship hosted by Country Club of Charleston July 14-17.  Next on his playing schedule is the 49th North Carolina Junior Boys’ Championship, which begins at Wilson Country Club on Tuesday. Lyerly was stroke play qualifying medalist last year before losing in the quarterfinals.

The CGA would like to thanks to staff and members of Governors Club for their hospitality and help conducting this championship at their wonderful venue.

The top-30 finishers from this year’s championship are exempt into next year’s North Carolina Amateur at River Run in Davidson.

The North Carolina Amateur Championship format is 72 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 60 scorers and ties. A tie for the overall championship is decided by an on-course playoff. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by June 16, 2016, is a legal resident of North Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 7.4.
56th North Carolina Amateur Championship
Governors Club, Chapel Hill, NC

Final Results
June 19, 2016

Place Competitor Score
1 Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C.   70-71-68-71–280  (-8)
2 Justin Tereshko, Jamestown, N.C.   68-72-74-67–281  (-7)
3 Stephen Franken, Raleigh, N.C.   71-68-73-70–282  (-6)
4 Tim Conover, Holly Springs, N.C.   69-70-77-67–283  (-5)
T5 Thomas Eldridge, Raleigh, N.C.   68-69-74-73–284  (-4)
T5 Scott Harvey, Kernersville , N.C.   73-68-74-69–284  (-4)
7 Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C.   70-72-72-71–285  (-3)
T8 Joseph Cansler, Clemmons, N.C.   73-67-72-74–286  (-2)
T8 Blake Taylor, Atkinson, N.C.   69-75-70-72–286  (-2)
T8 Wesley Conover, Holly Springs, N.C.   72-72-72-70–286  (-2)
11 Anthony Baker, Walkertown, N.C.   72-68-75-72–287  (-1)
T12 Alex Smalley, Wake Forest, N.C.   71-75-73-69–288  (Even)
T12 Kevin O’Connell, Raleigh, N.C.   73-69-74-72–288  (Even)
14 Caleb Keck, Reidsville, N.C.   69-71-71-78–289  (+1)
T15 Thomas Lilly, Newton, N.C.   73-71-71-76–291  (+3)
T15 Victor Wiggins, Gastonia, N.C.   71-70-74-76–291  (+3)
17 Patrick Cover, Huntersville, N.C.   73-67-73-80–293  (+5)
T18 Matthew Crenshaw, Burlington, N.C.   72-72-73-77–294  (+6)
T18 David Gies II, Charlotte, N.C.   72-75-74-73–294  (+6)
T18 Daniel Neveu, Pinehurst, N.C.   71-78-72-73–294  (+6)
T18 Matt Elliott, Wilkesboro, N.C.   72-70-78-74–294  (+6)
T22 Joe Jaspers, Huntersville, N.C.   73-74-76-72–295  (+7)
T22 Bryce Hendrix, Greenville, N.C.   68-75-77-75–295  (+7)
T22 David Germann, Clayton, N.C.   78-71-73-73–295  (+7)
T25 Philip Oweida, Charlotte, N.C.   73-70-78-75–296  (+8)
T25 David Sargent, Cornelius, N.C.   74-73-77-72–296  (+8)
T25 Nicholas Adams, Goldsboro, N.C.   70-75-78-73–296  (+8)
T25 Andy Crain, Raleigh, N.C.   79-72-72-73–296  (+8)
T25 Matthew Latham, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.   70-72-79-75–296  (+8)
T30 Eric Bae, Pinehurst, N.C.   71-76-74-76–297  (+9)
T30 David Donovan IV, Hampstead, N.C.   75-76-74-72–297  (+9)
T32 Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C.   76-72-78-73–299  (+11)
T32 Drew Johnson, Oak Ridge, N.C.   69-75-74-81–299  (+11)
T32 Eric Edwards, Salisbury, N.C.   75-74-74-76–299  (+11)
T35 Chandler Metz, Wilkesboro, N.C.   75-75-77-73–300  (+12)
T35 Timothy Driver, Holly Springs, N.C.   72-72-80-76–300  (+12)
T35 Rob Beasley, Kernersville, N.C.   70-74-78-78–300  (+12)
38 Uly Grisette, Winston Salem, N.C.   69-74-79-79–301  (+13)
T39 Patrick Stephenson, Four Oaks, N.C.   74-74-76-78–302  (+14)
T39 Brandon Reece, Rolesville, N.C.   75-72-76-79–302  (+14)
T39 Zack Swanson, Waxhaw, N.C.   77-70-75-80–302  (+14)
42 Joshua Stockwell, West End, N.C.   75-76-77-75–303  (+15)
T43 Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C.   81-70-79-75–305  (+17)
T43 Michael Hocker II, Durham, N.C.   71-79-79-76–305  (+17)
T43 Brandon Mader, Greenville, N.C.   74-68-81-82–305  (+17)
46 Nick Stafford, Belmont, N.C.   74-74-78-80–306  (+18)
T47 Hunter McCombs, Morganton, N.C.   75-76-79-77–307  (+19)
T47 Candler Rice, Asheville, N.C.   71-74-79-83–307  (+19)
T47 Parks Price, Calabash , N.C.   76-73-77-81–307  (+19)
T50 Davis Richards, China Grove, N.C.   74-77-83-75–309  (+21)
T50 Jacob Kennedy, Mt. Ulla, N.C.   76-72-81-80–309  (+21)
T50 Tim Bunten, Concord, N.C.   71-80-79-79–309  (+21)
T50 Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill, N.C.   77-73-83-76–309  (+21)
T50 Jarett Stowe, Matthews, N.C.   75-75-82-77–309  (+21)
55 Walker Cress, Concord, N.C.   72-79-82-79–312  (+24)
T56 Jubal Early, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.   72-78-86-79–315  (+27)
T56 Paul Fitzgerald, Charlotte, N.C.   73-75-96-71–315  (+27)
58 Reid Clark, Raleigh, N.C.   77-74-86-79–316  (+28)
59 Brett McLamb, Coats, N.C.   73-74-79-93–319  (+31)
60 Kaleb Lester, Mebane, N.C.   74-77-91-79–321  (+33)
Failed to Qualify for Final 36 holes
T61 Joey Funderburg, Wilmington, N.C.   77-75  (+8)
T61 Scott Park, Charlotte, N.C.   79-73  (+8)
T61 Sherrill Britt, West End, N.C.   78-74  (+8)
T61 Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C.   76-76  (+8)
T61 Dustin Moore, Greensboro, N.C.   77-75  (+8)
T61 David Kostyal II, Wilmington, N.C.   75-77  (+8)
T61 Chris Blum, Raleigh, N.C.   77-75  (+8)
T61 Jeff Allen, Jacksonville, N.C.   77-75  (+8)
T61 Zach McKelvey, Rutherfordton, N.C.   76-76  (+8)
T70 Hardin Councill, High Point, N.C.   76-77  (+9)
T70 Ryan Nagy, Raleigh, N.C.   76-77  (+9)
T70 Kell Graham, Matthews, N.C.   75-78  (+9)
T73 Riley Davis, Kinston, N.C.   78-76  (+10)
T73 Evan Pappas, Asheville, N.C.   74-80  (+10)
T73 Walter Brinker, Sanford, N.C.   76-78  (+10)
T73 Zach Joines, Wilkesboro, N.C.   81-73  (+10)
T77 Zachary Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.   80-75  (+11)
T77 Logan Shuping, Salisbury, N.C.   78-77  (+11)
T77 Nolan Mills IV, Charlotte, N.C.   79-76  (+11)
T77 Josh Nichols, Kernersville, N.C.   77-78  (+11)
T77 John McFadyen, Fayetteville, N.C.   78-77  (+11)
T77 Preston Ball, Raleigh, N.C.   79-76  (+11)
T83 Mason Elmore, Charlotte, N.C.   77-79  (+12)
T83 Kevin Duerr, Wake Forest, N.C.   81-75  (+12)
T83 Garrett Smith, Hillsborough, N.C.   72-84  (+12)
T83 Davis Bateman, Charlotte, N.C.   75-81  (+12)
T83 Jackson Bailey, Matthews, N.C.   76-80  (+12)
T83 Trey Burton, Hickory, N.C.   79-77  (+12)
T83 Reilly Erhardt, Greensboro, N.C.   76-80  (+12)
T83 Joey Davis, Cornelius, N.C.   79-77  (+12)
T91 Scott McClellan, Cary, N.C.   80-77  (+13)
T91 David Fowler, Winston-Salem, N.C.   75-82  (+13)
T91 Matthew Spak, Cary, N.C.   78-79  (+13)
T91 Josh Bagwell, Marion, N.C.   79-78  (+13)
T91 Brooks Curtis, Elizabeth City, N.C.   73-84  (+13)
T91 Jack Massei, Cary, N.C.   79-78  (+13)
T91 Ashley Fuquay, Greensboro, N.C.   77-80  (+13)
T91 Jake Golliday, Pinehurst, N.C.   81-76  (+13)
T99 Mark McMillen Jr, Smithfield, N.C.   79-79  (+14)
T99 Ben Buben, Charlotte, N.C.   76-82  (+14)
T99 Thomas Redding, Hudson, N.C.   79-79  (+14)
T99 William Carter, Laurinburg, N.C.   82-76  (+14)
T99 Drew Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.   78-80  (+14)
T104 Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown, N.C.   80-79  (+15)
T104 Gray Townsend, Winston Salem, N.C.   73-86  (+15)
T104 Mitch Robinette, Charlotte, N.C.   78-81  (+15)
T104 Brantley Phillips, Greensboro, N.C.   78-81  (+15)
T108 Matthew Spruill, Elizabeth City, N.C.   84-76  (+16)
T108 Josh Bryan, Chapel Hill, N.C.   84-76  (+16)
T108 Keenan Denny, King, N.C.   82-78  (+16)
T108 Will Stewart, Charlotte, N.C.   79-81  (+16)
T108 Andrew Furr, Clayton, N.C.   81-79  (+16)
T108 Cole Jordan, Winterville, N.C.   81-79  (+16)
T114 Kenny Flynn, Winston Salem, N.C.   77-84  (+17)
T114 Chris Jones, Charlotte, N.C.   81-80  (+17)
T114 Stuart Fuller, Winston-Salem, N.C.   80-81  (+17)
T114 Wade Boteler, Mebane , N.C.   79-82  (+17)
T114 Charles Spry, Winston salem, N.C.   79-82  (+17)
T114 Jd Mcneill, Raleigh, N.C.   82-79  (+17)
T120 Steven Brame, Henderson, N.C.   80-82  (+18)
T120 Joe Brooks, Franklin , N.C.   75-87  (+18)
T120 Rex Willoughby, Chapel Hill, N.C.   83-79  (+18)
T120 Dallas Page, Staley, N.C.   85-77  (+18)
T120 Andrew Morgan, China Grove, N.C.   78-84  (+18)
T125 Ty Palmer, Kernersville, N.C.   80-83  (+19)
T125 Sean O’Connor, Indian Trail, N.C.   79-84  (+19)
T125 Grant Smith, Charlotte, N.C.   86-77  (+19)
T125 Jake Scruggs, Shelby, N.C.   80-83  (+19)
T125 Cory Segall, Charlotte, N.C.   82-81  (+19)
T130 Tanner Gross, Archdale, N.C.   79-85  (+20)
T130 Jon Henry, Cornelius, N.C.   80-84  (+20)
T130 Johannes Fontes-Zitzer, Lillington, N.C.   81-83  (+20)
T133 Austin Inman, Wilmington, N.C.   78-87  (+21)
T133 Jay Jay Howard, Concord, N.C.   82-83  (+21)
T135 Davis Kiger, Harrisburg, N.C.   84-82  (+22)
T135 John Freeman, Asheville, N.C.   84-82  (+22)
T137 David Yang, Cornelius, N.C.   83-84  (+23)
T137 Jay Roberts III, Davidson, N.C.   84-83  (+23)
T139 Robert McPartland, Cary, N.C.   88-80  (+24)
T139 Regan Erhardt, Greensboro, N.C.   81-87  (+24)
141 Justin Lewis, High Point, N.C.   86-84  (+26)
142 Pete Luster, Chapel Hill, N.C.   87-85  (+28)
143 A. t. Cashwell, Concord, N.C.   86-89  (+31)
144 Kyle Austin, Mebane, N.C.   87-91  (+34)
145 Thomas Messenheimer, Morganton, N.C.   80-WD  (WD)