Nicholas Lyerly holds a two-stroke lead into Sunday’s North Carolina Amateur final round

Chapel Hill, NC – Saturday is called “moving day” during golf tournaments because it is the day where competitors try to set themselves up for the final push on Sunday. Only four players in the NC Amateur field would shoot under par Saturday to better their standing in the 56th North Carolina Amateur hosted by Governors Club in Chapel Hill. One such player, 17-year-old Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury, made six birdies to move his way up the leaderboard.

Nicholas LyerlyLyerly’s impressive four-under front nine was punctuated with a birdie on the par-3 ninth (pictured). His favorite club after Saturday’s round could be the 8-iron. Using that club from 160-yards on No. 9 and on the 170-yard downhill par-3 14th led to birdies.

Starting his round Saturday tied for ninth, Lyerly’s four-under 68 vaulted him into first place at 7-under 209 for the championship. The 2015 NC Junior Player of the Year, Lyerly has verbally committed to play golf at UNC-Greensboro starting in the fall of 2017.

Paired with Lyerly for Sunday’s final round will be 36-hole leader Thomas Eldridge of Raleigh and Caleb Keck of Reidsville. Eldridge, 20, a rising junior at UNC-Wilmington, had a two-stroke edge on the field to begin his round. He quickly built on it, hitting a 105-yard gap wedge to four feet on his opening hole for birdie and making another birdie on the par-5 third hole to reach nine-under-par overall. Unfortunately for Eldridge, a chunked tee shot on his next tee shot landed in a pond, leading to double bogey. When he tee shot on the par-4 sixth hole found the left woods, Eldridge removed loose impediments from around his ball. In a great example of integrity, he called a one-stroke penalty on himself when his ball moved as a result. His two-over 74 on Saturday places him two strokes behind Lyerly. “I am going to try to make as many birdies as I can tomorrow,” said Eldridge when asked about his approach for the final round.

Keck will also face a two-stroke deficit when he begins play Sunday. Like Lyerly, Keck has posted three rounds under par at Governors Club. “My approach shots have been the strength of my game,” said the 22-year-old Keck. “I played them where I wanted them.” Keck won a tournament when he played collegiately at Appalachian State University. He is looking forward to the opportunity to chase down a state championship. “To have not been in this position before in the state amateur, I am going to be excited… and nervous.”

Saturday’s lead momentarily belonged to Justin Tereshko, 26, of Jamestown. Three birdies in his first seven holes catapulted last year’s runner-up into first at 7-under. Three double bogeys on the inward nine erased his hard work, finishing with a 74. Tereshko, the golf coach at Guilford College located in Greensboro, N.C. sits at 2-under 214, five back of the lead.

Kevin O’Connell of Raleigh also got out to a quick start on Saturday, converting birdies on his first three holes. Posting three-under 33 on his front nine put the 27-year-old O’Connell at 5-under overall. However, an inward 41 took O’Connell out of contention for the lead. A third round 74 dropped him back to even par 216 and T-14.

The top amateur golfers in North Carolina will compete for the state title Sunday at Governors Club. Tee times begin at 8am from both the 1st and 10th tees, with the leaders beginning at 9:40. 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.

The 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

Third Round Results
June 18, 2016

Place Competitor Score
1 Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C.   70-71-68–209  (-7)
T2 Thomas Eldridge, Raleigh, N.C.   68-69-74–211  (-5)
T2 Caleb Keck, Reidsville, N.C.   69-71-71–211  (-5)
T4 Joseph Cansler, Clemmons, N.C.   73-67-72–212  (-4)
T4 Stephen Franken, Raleigh, N.C.   71-68-73–212  (-4)
6 Patrick Cover, Huntersville, N.C.   73-67-73–213  (-3)
T7 Blake Taylor, Atkinson, N.C.   69-75-70–214  (-2)
T7 Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C.   70-72-72–214  (-2)
T7 Justin Tereshko, Jamestown, N.C.   68-72-74–214  (-2)
T10 Thomas Lilly, Newton, N.C.   73-71-71–215  (-1)
T10 Scott Harvey, Kernersville , N.C.   73-68-74–215  (-1)
T10 Victor Wiggins, Gastonia, N.C.   71-70-74–215  (-1)
T10 Anthony Baker, Walkertown, N.C.   72-68-75–215  (-1)
T14 Tim Conover, Holly Springs, N.C.   69-70-77–216  (Even)
T14 Wesley Conover, Holly Springs, N.C.   72-72-72–216  (Even)
T14 Kevin O’Connell, Raleigh, N.C.   73-69-74–216  (Even)
17 Matthew Crenshaw, Burlington, N.C.   72-72-73–217  (+1)
18 Drew Johnson, Oak Ridge, N.C.   69-75-74–218  (+2)
19 Alex Smalley, Wake Forest, N.C.   71-75-73–219  (+3)
T20 Bryce Hendrix, Greenville, N.C.   68-75-77–220  (+4)
T20 Matt Elliott, Wilkesboro, N.C.   72-70-78–220  (+4)
T22 Eric Bae, Pinehurst, N.C.   71-76-74–221  (+5)
T22 Philip Oweida, Charlotte, N.C.   73-70-78–221  (+5)
T22 David Gies II, Charlotte, N.C.   72-75-74–221  (+5)
T22 Daniel Neveu, Pinehurst, N.C.   71-78-72–221  (+5)
T22 Matthew Latham, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.   70-72-79–221  (+5)
T27 Uly Grisette, Winston Salem, N.C.   69-74-79–222  (+6)
T27 Rob Beasley, Kernersville, N.C.   70-74-78–222  (+6)
T27 David Germann, Clayton, N.C.   78-71-73–222  (+6)
T27 Zack Swanson, Waxhaw, N.C.   77-70-75–222  (+6)
T31 Joe Jaspers, Huntersville, N.C.   73-74-76–223  (+7)
T31 Eric Edwards, Salisbury, N.C.   75-74-74–223  (+7)
T31 Brandon Reece, Rolesville, N.C.   75-72-76–223  (+7)
T31 Nicholas Adams, Goldsboro, N.C.   70-75-78–223  (+7)
T31 Andy Crain, Raleigh, N.C.   79-72-72–223  (+7)
T31 Brandon Mader, Greenville, N.C.   74-68-81–223  (+7)
T37 Patrick Stephenson, Four Oaks, N.C.   74-74-76–224  (+8)
T37 Timothy Driver, Holly Springs, N.C.   72-72-80–224  (+8)
T37 David Sargent, Cornelius, N.C.   74-73-77–224  (+8)
T37 Candler Rice, Asheville, N.C.   71-74-79–224  (+8)
41 David Donovan IV, Hampstead, N.C.   75-76-74–225  (+9)
T42 Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C.   76-72-78–226  (+10)
T42 Nick Stafford, Belmont, N.C.   74-74-78–226  (+10)
T42 Parks Price, Calabash , N.C.   76-73-77–226  (+10)
T42 Brett McLamb, Coats, N.C.   73-74-79–226  (+10)
46 Chandler Metz, Wilkesboro, N.C.   75-75-77–227  (+11)
47 Joshua Stockwell, West End, N.C.   75-76-77–228  (+12)
T48 Jacob Kennedy, Mt. Ulla, N.C.   76-72-81–229  (+13)
T48 Michael Hocker II, Durham, N.C.   71-79-79–229  (+13)
T50 Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C.   81-70-79–230  (+14)
T50 Hunter McCombs, Morganton, N.C.   75-76-79–230  (+14)
T50 Tim Bunten, Concord, N.C.   71-80-79–230  (+14)
53 Jarett Stowe, Matthews, N.C.   75-75-82–232  (+16)
T54 Walker Cress, Concord, N.C.   72-79-82–233  (+17)
T54 Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill, N.C.   77-73-83–233  (+17)
56 Davis Richards, China Grove, N.C.   74-77-83–234  (+18)
57 Jubal Early, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.   72-78-86–236  (+20)
58 Reid Clark, Raleigh, N.C.   77-74-86–237  (+21)
59 Kaleb Lester, Mebane, N.C.   74-77-91–242  (+26)
60 Paul Fitzgerald, Charlotte, N.C.   73-75-96–244  (+28)
Failed to Qualify for Final Two Rounds
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)


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.