Governors Club to host 56th NC Men’s Amateur Championship

Chapel Hill, NC – The Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) has selected award-winning country club Governors Club (GC) in Chapel Hill to host the 56th North Carolina Amateur Championship on its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course June 16-19.

amateur golf tournament147 players will play the course at 7,000 yards, with green speeds projected to be around 11.5 on the Stimpmeter on Thursday, June 16. The remaining 60 competitors, and players tied, will play on Saturday, June 18, with a champion named Sunday, June 19.

Championship Schedule
Thursday, June 16             Round 1 – 18 holes of stroke play.
Friday, June 17                  Round 2 – 18 holes of stroke play. Cut to low 60 scores and ties. Field re-paired according to score.
Saturday, June 18              Round 3 – 18 holes of stroke play.
Sunday, June 19                Round 4 – 18 holes of stroke play. Awards ceremony immediately following play.

“We are excited to be hosting our fifth CGA championship,” said Governors Club Director of Golf, Thomas Brinson. “As the second largest golf association in the country, the CGA serves as a steward of golf in the Carolinas.”

The Jack Nicklaus Signature course has hosted U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open qualifiers in recent years. The nine holes of the Lakes are the flattest of the three nines. As the course name implies, strategically placed ponds and lakes add to the natural beauty of the course, and serve up challenges. The Foothills nine holes transition from the relatively level Lakes course onto undulating hills and slopes on the side of Edwards Mountain. The Foothills is the longest of the three courses.

“Governors Club’s challenging and beautiful course is perfect for our championship,” said CGA Executive Director Jack Nance. “We’re excited to see new faces on the course along with some of our returning champions: Steven Brame, Matthew Crenshaw and Mark McMillen, Jr.”

Competitors had to qualify through one of six 18-hole qualifiers, with a small number of exempt players who were automatically selected to play in the championship.

Governors Club members will be cheering on fellow member Rex Willoughby who begins on Hole #10 at 1:10 p.m. in Round 1.

nc amateur golfThree of the top five finishers from last year will return to vie for the championship. An eagle on the penultimate hole at the Country Club of Landfall gave Carter Jenkins a one-shot victory over Justin Tereshko of Greensboro. Jenkins has turned professional, currently playing on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada.

Past champions in the field include: Steven Brame of Henderson (2013); Matthew Crenshaw of Burlington (2012)and Mark McMillen, Jr. of Smithfield (2009).

Players to watch:

Medalist Score Site
Blake Taylor
66 Pine Valley Country Club
Scott Park
Josh Nichols
Tim Bunten
68 The Club at Irish Creek
Patrick Stephenson
Four Oaks
69 Holly Ridge Golf Links
John McFadyen
66 Legacy Golf Links
Akshay Bhatia
Wake Forest
66 The Hasentree Club
Wake Forest
Garrett Smith
68 Mimosa Hills Golf & CC
  • Scott Harvey, 38, of Greensboro, won the Carolinas Mid-Amateur in April. The #1 ranked Carolinas amateur golfer, in 2015 Harvey recorded his fifth consecutive Carolinas Play of the Year honor. A 7-time CGA champion, Harvey looks to collect his first NC Amateur title. His late father, Bill, an 8-time CGA champ, won the 1966 NC Amateur.
  • Wesley Conover, 23, of Holly Springs, recently graduated from East Carolina University. He placed in the top-five at both the 2014 and 2015 championships.
  • Justin Tereshko, 26, of Greensboro, is the golf coach at Guilford College located in Greensboro, N.C. Tereshko earned runner-up honors at last year’s championship. While competing at Transylvania University, he was a two-time PING NCAA Division III All-American Team selection.
  • Sherrill Britt, 50, of West End, won the 2015 Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship. At the inaugural U.S. Four-Ball Championship in 2015, he finished runner-up with partner Greg Earnhardt.
  • Greg Earnhardt, 47, of Greensboro, won the 2015 North Carolina Mid-Amateur. He was runner-up at the 2015 U.S. Four-Ball Championship with partner Sherrill Britt.
  • Matt Crenshaw, 34, of Burlington, is a 6-time CGA champion. Crenshaw won this championship in 2012 at Treyburn Country Club in Durham.
  • Victor Wiggins, 21, of Gastonia, finished in the top-10 at last year’s Carolinas Amateur. Wiggins shot a course-record tying 64 in the second round on Greensboro Country Club’s Farm Course.
  • Eric Bae, 17, of Pinehurst, is a high school senior committed to playing golf at Wake Forest University. Bae recently finished second in the NC 4-A state championship. He is currently #5 in the NC junior boys’ rankings.
  • Patrick Stephenson, 18, of Four Oaks, is a high school senior headed to play for East Carolina in the fall. Stephenson recently won the NC 3-A state championship and defended his title at the TYGA Bojangles Junior Open. He is #2 in the NC junior boys’ rankings.
  • Jack Massei, 16, of Cary, is a high school sophomore. Massei won the 2015 NC Junior Boys’ Championship. He is ranked 15th in the NC junior boys’ rankings.
  • Nicholas Lyerly, 17, of Salisbury, plays out of Corbin Hills and was the 2015 NC Junior Player of the Year. He won the North State High School Challenge and finished in the top five at the NCHSAA 3A State Championship and the Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Championship. Lyerly has verbally committed to play golf at UNC-Greensboro starting fall of 2017.
  • Akshay Bhatia, 14, of Wake Forest is the youngest player in this year’s field. His five-under-par 66 earned medalist honors at the NC Amateur qualifier at The Hasentree Club in Wake Forest.

Full field of players

Adams, Nicholas, Goldsboro, NC Flynn, Kenny, Winston Salem, NC Mcneill, Jd, Raleigh, NC
Allen, Jeff, Jacksonville, NC Fontes-Zitzer, Johannes, Lillington, NC McPartland, Robert, Cary, NC
Austin, Kyle, Mebane, NC Fowler, David, Winston-Salem, NC Messenheimer, Thomas, Morganton, NC
Bae, Eric, Pinehurst, NC Franken, Stephen, Raleigh, NC Metz, Chandler, Wilkesboro, NC
Bagwell, Josh, Marion, NC Freeman, John, Asheville, NC Mills, Nolan IV, Charlotte, NC
Bailey, Jackson, Matthews, NC Fuller, Stuart, Winston-Salem, NC Moore, Dustin, Greensboro, NC
Baker, Anthony, Walkertown, NC Funderburg, Joey, Wilmington, NC Morgan, Andrew, China Grove, NC
Ball, Preston, Raleigh, NC Fuquay, Ashley, Greensboro, NC Nagy, Ryan, Raleigh, NC
Bateman, Davis, Charlotte, NC Furr, Andrew, Clayton, NC Neveu, Daniel, Pinehurst, NC
Beasley, Rob, Kernersville, NC Germann, David, Clayton, NC Nichols, Josh, Kernersville, NC
Bhatia, Akshay, Wake Forest, NC Gies, David II, Charlotte, NC O’Connell, Kevin, Raleigh, NC
Blum, Chris, Raleigh, NC Golliday, Jake, Pinehurst, NC O’Connor, Sean, Indian Trail, NC
Boteler, Wade, Mebane , NC Graham, Kell, Matthews, NC Oweida, Philip, Charlotte, NC
Brame, Steven, Henderson, NC Grisette, Uly, Winston Salem, NC Page, Dallas, Staley, NC
Brinker, Walter, Sanford, NC Gross, Tanner, Archdale, NC Palmer, Ty, Kernersville, NC
Britt, Sherrill, West End, NC Harvey, Scott, Kernersville , NC Pappas, Evan, Asheville, NC
Brooks, Joe, Franklin , NC Hendrix, Bryce, Greenville, NC Park, Scott, Charlotte, NC
Bryan, Josh, Chapel Hill, NC Henry, Jon, Cornelius, NC Phillips, Brantley, Greensboro, NC
Buben, Ben, Charlotte, NC Hicks, Jacob, Mebane, NC Price, Parks, Calabash , NC
Bunten, Tim, Concord, NC Hocker II, Michael, Durham, NC Ray, Jeremy, Pfafftown, NC
Burton, Trey, Hickory, NC Howard, Jay Jay, Concord, NC Redding, Thomas, Hudson, NC
Cansler, Joseph, Clemmons, NC Inman, Austin, Wilmington, NC Reece, Brandon, Rolesville, NC
Carter, William, Laurinburg, NC Jaspers, Joe, Huntersville, NC Rhoades, Harrison, Raleigh, NC
Cashwell, A. t., Concord, NC Johnson, Drew, Oak Ridge, NC Rice, Candler, Asheville, NC
Clark, Reid, Raleigh, NC Joines, Zach, Wilkesboro, NC Richards, Davis, China Grove, NC
Conover, Tim, Holly Springs, NC Jones, Chris, Charlotte, NC Roberts, Jay III, Davidson, NC
Conover, Wesley, Holly Springs, NC Jordan, Cole, Winterville, NC Robinette, Mitch, Charlotte, NC
Councill, Hardin, High Point, NC Kastelic, Joe, Hickory, NC Sargent, David, Cornelius, NC
Cover, Patrick, Huntersville, NC Keck, Caleb, Reidsville, NC Scruggs, Jake, Shelby, NC
Crain, Andy, Raleigh, NC Kennedy, Jacob, Mt. Ulla, NC Segall, Cory, Charlotte, NC
Crenshaw, Matthew, Burlington, NC Kiger, Davis, Harrisburg, NC Shuping, Logan, Salisbury, NC
Cress, Walker, Concord, NC Kostyal, David II, Wilmington, NC Smalley, Alex, Wake Forest, NC
Curtis, Brooks, Elizabeth City, NC Latham, Matthew, Wrightsville Beach, NC Smith, Garrett, Hillsborough, NC
Davis, Joey, Cornelius, NC Lester, Kaleb, Mebane, NC Smith, Grant, Charlotte, NC
Davis, Riley, Kinston, NC Lewis, Justin, High Point, NC Spak, Matthew, Cary, NC
Denny, Keenan, King, NC Lilly, Thomas, Newton, NC Spruill, Matthew, Elizabeth City, NC
Donovan, David IV, Hampstead, NC Lukes, Quade, Chapel Hill, NC Spry, Charles, Winston salem, NC
Driver, Timothy, Holly Springs, NC Luster, Pete, Chapel Hill, NC Stafford, Nick, Belmont, NC
Duerr, Kevin, Wake Forest, NC Lyerly, Nicholas, Salisbury, NC Stephenson, Patrick, Four Oaks, NC
Early, Jr., Jubal, Charlotte, NC Mader, Brandon, Greenville, NC Stewart, Will, Charlotte, NC
Earnhardt, Greg, Greensboro, NC Martin, Drew, Pinehurst, NC Stockwell, Joshua, West End, NC
Edmondson, Noah, Davidson, NC Martin, Zachary, Pinehurst, NC Stowe, Jarett, Matthews, NC
Edwards, Eric, Salisbury, NC Massei, Jack, Cary, NC Swanson, Zack, Waxhaw, NC
Eldridge, Thomas, Raleigh, NC McClellan, Scott, Cary, NC Taylor, Blake, Atkinson, NC
Elliott, Matt, Wilkesboro, NC McCombs, Hunter, Morganton, NC Tereshko, Justin, Jamestown, NC
Elmore, Mason, Charlotte, NC McFadyen, John, Fayetteville, NC Townsend, Gray, Winston Salem, NC
Erhardt, Regan, Greensboro, NC McKelvey, Zach, Rutherfordton, NC Wiggins, Victor, Gastonia, NC
Erhardt, Reilly, Greensboro, NC McLamb, Brett, Coats, NC Willoughby, Rex, Chapel Hill, NC
Fitzgerald, Paul, Charlotte, NC McMillen, Mark Jr, Smithfield, NC Yang, David, Cornelius, NC

Scoring will be provided by the CGA throughout the championship, offering 9 and 18-hole updates. Live updates will also be available on the CGA’s official Twitter, @cgagolf1909. Follow Governors Club @GovClubNC and the CGA @CGAgolf1909 on social media for live updates. Join the conversation by using #NCam.