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It's No Lie, Lyerly Leads NC Am By 2

Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury holds a two-stroke lead into Sunday's final round

Third Round Results

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (June 18, 2016) -- Third round results from 56th North Carolina Amateur hosted by Governors Club in Chapel Hill on Saturday, June 18 (7005 yards, par 36-36--72, Course/Slope Rating: 74.5/142).

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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. One such player, 17-year-old Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury, made six birdies to move his way up the leaderboard.

Lyerly'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. Continue to visit the CGA website throughout this championship and all year long for complete championship coverage including scores, interviews, photos, and recaps.

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.


About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

The CGA annually conducts 43 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 140 One-Day (net and gross) events and qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed more than $1,500,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.



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