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

PlaceCompetitorScore
1Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C.  70-71-68–209  (-7)
T2Thomas Eldridge, Raleigh, N.C.  68-69-74–211  (-5)
T2Caleb Keck, Reidsville, N.C.  69-71-71–211  (-5)
T4Joseph Cansler, Clemmons, N.C.  73-67-72–212  (-4)
T4Stephen Franken, Raleigh, N.C.  71-68-73–212  (-4)
6Patrick Cover, Huntersville, N.C.  73-67-73–213  (-3)
T7Blake Taylor, Atkinson, N.C.  69-75-70–214  (-2)
T7Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C.  70-72-72–214  (-2)
T7Justin Tereshko, Jamestown, N.C.  68-72-74–214  (-2)
T10Thomas Lilly, Newton, N.C.  73-71-71–215  (-1)
T10Scott Harvey, Kernersville , N.C.  73-68-74–215  (-1)
T10Victor Wiggins, Gastonia, N.C.  71-70-74–215  (-1)
T10Anthony Baker, Walkertown, N.C.  72-68-75–215  (-1)
T14Tim Conover, Holly Springs, N.C.  69-70-77–216  (Even)
T14Wesley Conover, Holly Springs, N.C.  72-72-72–216  (Even)
T14Kevin O’Connell, Raleigh, N.C.  73-69-74–216  (Even)
17Matthew Crenshaw, Burlington, N.C.  72-72-73–217  (+1)
18Drew Johnson, Oak Ridge, N.C.  69-75-74–218  (+2)
19Alex Smalley, Wake Forest, N.C.  71-75-73–219  (+3)
T20Bryce Hendrix, Greenville, N.C.  68-75-77–220  (+4)
T20Matt Elliott, Wilkesboro, N.C.  72-70-78–220  (+4)
T22Eric Bae, Pinehurst, N.C.  71-76-74–221  (+5)
T22Philip Oweida, Charlotte, N.C.  73-70-78–221  (+5)
T22David Gies II, Charlotte, N.C.  72-75-74–221  (+5)
T22Daniel Neveu, Pinehurst, N.C.  71-78-72–221  (+5)
T22Matthew Latham, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.  70-72-79–221  (+5)
T27Uly Grisette, Winston Salem, N.C.  69-74-79–222  (+6)
T27Rob Beasley, Kernersville, N.C.  70-74-78–222  (+6)
T27David Germann, Clayton, N.C.  78-71-73–222  (+6)
T27Zack Swanson, Waxhaw, N.C.  77-70-75–222  (+6)
T31Joe Jaspers, Huntersville, N.C.  73-74-76–223  (+7)
T31Eric Edwards, Salisbury, N.C.  75-74-74–223  (+7)
T31Brandon Reece, Rolesville, N.C.  75-72-76–223  (+7)
T31Nicholas Adams, Goldsboro, N.C.  70-75-78–223  (+7)
T31Andy Crain, Raleigh, N.C.  79-72-72–223  (+7)
T31Brandon Mader, Greenville, N.C.  74-68-81–223  (+7)
T37Patrick Stephenson, Four Oaks, N.C.  74-74-76–224  (+8)
T37Timothy Driver, Holly Springs, N.C.  72-72-80–224  (+8)
T37David Sargent, Cornelius, N.C.  74-73-77–224  (+8)
T37Candler Rice, Asheville, N.C.  71-74-79–224  (+8)
41David Donovan IV, Hampstead, N.C.  75-76-74–225  (+9)
T42Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C.  76-72-78–226  (+10)
T42Nick Stafford, Belmont, N.C.  74-74-78–226  (+10)
T42Parks Price, Calabash , N.C.  76-73-77–226  (+10)
T42Brett McLamb, Coats, N.C.  73-74-79–226  (+10)
46Chandler Metz, Wilkesboro, N.C.  75-75-77–227  (+11)
47Joshua Stockwell, West End, N.C.  75-76-77–228  (+12)
T48Jacob Kennedy, Mt. Ulla, N.C.  76-72-81–229  (+13)
T48Michael Hocker II, Durham, N.C.  71-79-79–229  (+13)
T50Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C.  81-70-79–230  (+14)
T50Hunter McCombs, Morganton, N.C.  75-76-79–230  (+14)
T50Tim Bunten, Concord, N.C.  71-80-79–230  (+14)
53Jarett Stowe, Matthews, N.C.  75-75-82–232  (+16)
T54Walker Cress, Concord, N.C.  72-79-82–233  (+17)
T54Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill, N.C.  77-73-83–233  (+17)
56Davis Richards, China Grove, N.C.  74-77-83–234  (+18)
57Jubal Early, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.  72-78-86–236  (+20)
58Reid Clark, Raleigh, N.C.  77-74-86–237  (+21)
59Kaleb Lester, Mebane, N.C.  74-77-91–242  (+26)
60Paul Fitzgerald, Charlotte, N.C.  73-75-96–244  (+28)
Failed to Qualify for Final Two Rounds
T61Joey Funderburg, Wilmington, N.C.  77-75  (+8)
T61Scott Park, Charlotte, N.C.  79-73  (+8)
T61Sherrill Britt, West End, N.C.  78-74  (+8)
T61Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C.  76-76  (+8)
T61Dustin Moore, Greensboro, N.C.  77-75  (+8)
T61David Kostyal II, Wilmington, N.C.  75-77  (+8)
T61Chris Blum, Raleigh, N.C.  77-75  (+8)
T61Jeff Allen, Jacksonville, N.C.  77-75  (+8)
T61Zach McKelvey, Rutherfordton, N.C.  76-76  (+8)
T70Hardin Councill, High Point, N.C.  76-77  (+9)
T70Ryan Nagy, Raleigh, N.C.  76-77  (+9)
T70Kell Graham, Matthews, N.C.  75-78  (+9)
T73Riley Davis, Kinston, N.C.  78-76  (+10)
T73Evan Pappas, Asheville, N.C.  74-80  (+10)
T73Walter Brinker, Sanford, N.C.  76-78  (+10)
T73Zach Joines, Wilkesboro, N.C.  81-73  (+10)
T77Zachary Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.  80-75  (+11)
T77Logan Shuping, Salisbury, N.C.  78-77  (+11)
T77Nolan Mills IV, Charlotte, N.C.  79-76  (+11)
T77Josh Nichols, Kernersville, N.C.  77-78  (+11)
T77John McFadyen, Fayetteville, N.C.  78-77  (+11)
T77Preston Ball, Raleigh, N.C.  79-76  (+11)
T83Mason Elmore, Charlotte, N.C.  77-79  (+12)
T83Kevin Duerr, Wake Forest, N.C.  81-75  (+12)
T83Garrett Smith, Hillsborough, N.C.  72-84  (+12)
T83Davis Bateman, Charlotte, N.C.  75-81  (+12)
T83Jackson Bailey, Matthews, N.C.  76-80  (+12)
T83Trey Burton, Hickory, N.C.  79-77  (+12)
T83Reilly Erhardt, Greensboro, N.C.  76-80  (+12)
T83Joey Davis, Cornelius, N.C.  79-77  (+12)
T91Scott McClellan, Cary, N.C.  80-77  (+13)
T91David Fowler, Winston-Salem, N.C.  75-82  (+13)
T91Matthew Spak, Cary, N.C.  78-79  (+13)
T91Josh Bagwell, Marion, N.C.  79-78  (+13)
T91Brooks Curtis, Elizabeth City, N.C.  73-84  (+13)
T91Jack Massei, Cary, N.C.  79-78  (+13)
T91Ashley Fuquay, Greensboro, N.C.  77-80  (+13)
T91Jake Golliday, Pinehurst, N.C.  81-76  (+13)
T99Mark McMillen Jr, Smithfield, N.C.  79-79  (+14)
T99Ben Buben, Charlotte, N.C.  76-82  (+14)
T99Thomas Redding, Hudson, N.C.  79-79  (+14)
T99William Carter, Laurinburg, N.C.  82-76  (+14)
T99Drew Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.  78-80  (+14)
T104Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown, N.C.  80-79  (+15)
T104Gray Townsend, Winston Salem, N.C.  73-86  (+15)
T104Mitch Robinette, Charlotte, N.C.  78-81  (+15)
T104Brantley Phillips, Greensboro, N.C.  78-81  (+15)
T108Matthew Spruill, Elizabeth City, N.C.  84-76  (+16)
T108Josh Bryan, Chapel Hill, N.C.  84-76  (+16)
T108Keenan Denny, King, N.C.  82-78  (+16)
T108Will Stewart, Charlotte, N.C.  79-81  (+16)
T108Andrew Furr, Clayton, N.C.  81-79  (+16)
T108Cole Jordan, Winterville, N.C.  81-79  (+16)
T114Kenny Flynn, Winston Salem, N.C.  77-84  (+17)
T114Chris Jones, Charlotte, N.C.  81-80  (+17)
T114Stuart Fuller, Winston-Salem, N.C.  80-81  (+17)
T114Wade Boteler, Mebane , N.C.  79-82  (+17)
T114Charles Spry, Winston salem, N.C.  79-82  (+17)
T114Jd Mcneill, Raleigh, N.C.  82-79  (+17)
T120Steven Brame, Henderson, N.C.  80-82  (+18)
T120Joe Brooks, Franklin , N.C.  75-87  (+18)
T120Rex Willoughby, Chapel Hill, N.C.  83-79  (+18)
T120Dallas Page, Staley, N.C.  85-77  (+18)
T120Andrew Morgan, China Grove, N.C.  78-84  (+18)
T125Ty Palmer, Kernersville, N.C.  80-83  (+19)
T125Sean O’Connor, Indian Trail, N.C.  79-84  (+19)
T125Grant Smith, Charlotte, N.C.  86-77  (+19)
T125Jake Scruggs, Shelby, N.C.  80-83  (+19)
T125Cory Segall, Charlotte, N.C.  82-81  (+19)
T130Tanner Gross, Archdale, N.C.  79-85  (+20)
T130Jon Henry, Cornelius, N.C.  80-84  (+20)
T130Johannes Fontes-Zitzer, Lillington, N.C.  81-83  (+20)
T133Austin Inman, Wilmington, N.C.  78-87  (+21)
T133Jay Jay Howard, Concord, N.C.  82-83  (+21)
T135Davis Kiger, Harrisburg, N.C.  84-82  (+22)
T135John Freeman, Asheville, N.C.  84-82  (+22)
T137David Yang, Cornelius, N.C.  83-84  (+23)
T137Jay Roberts III, Davidson, N.C.  84-83  (+23)
T139Robert McPartland, Cary, N.C.  88-80  (+24)
T139Regan Erhardt, Greensboro, N.C.  81-87  (+24)
141Justin Lewis, High Point, N.C.  86-84  (+26)
142Pete Luster, Chapel Hill, N.C.  87-85  (+28)
143A.T. Cashwell, Concord, N.C.  86-89  (+31)
144Kyle Austin, Mebane, N.C.  87-91  (+34)
145Thomas 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.