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McNeill-Richardson Clinch NC 4-Ball

Jerry Richardson, Jr. and JD McNeill

MEBANE, NC (October 2, 2016) – Final round results of the 21st North Carolina Four-Ball Championship at Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane, N.C. on Sunday, October 2, 2016.


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JD McNeill of Raleigh, N.C. and Jerry Richardson, Jr. of Cary, N.C. were in the final pairing of the 2015 North Carolina Four-Ball Championship, but came up short and went home with a third-place finish. In Sunday’s final round of the 2016 championship, the pair found themselves in the same pairing, staring down the recent North Carolina Amateur champion Nicholas Lyerly and his partner Justin Emmons. However, after finishing 54-holes at 23-under-par and coming out on top of a four-hole playoff, McNeill and Richardson will go home this year with a trophy.


McNeill and Richardson started the final round one stroke behind Lyerly and Emmons after both sides posted impressive rounds of 10-under-par 62 on Saturday. Both teams started the final round a little slow, but McNeill and Richardson were the first to put a birdie on the scorecard at the Par-5 second, which moved them into a tie for the lead. Their next birdie came at the Par-5 sixth when McNeill hit it close in two and buried a short birdie putt to move into the solo lead. After Richardson’s birdie at the seventh, they stepped onto the eighth tee with a two-stroke lead. Birdies by Lyerly on No. 8 and No. 9 matched against McNeill and Richardson’s pars on those holes meant the pairs were tied at the top heading into the final nine.


The two sides battled on the second nine. Lyerly and Emmons struggled at the Par-3 13th and were forced to record a bogey while McNeill and Richardson easily made par. At the drivable Par-4 fourteenth hole, Richardson two-putted for birdie to move them to 23-under-par. Lyerly, whose drive was a mere five feet from the hole, sunk his eagle putt and propelled his side to 22-under-par and one back of McNeill and Richardson. A birdie at the Par-5 sixteenth took Lyerly and Emmons to 23-under and the two sides finished with pars on Nos. 17 and 18 to guarantee a playoff.


A lot of pars and four playoff holes later, McNeill and Richardson hoisted the North Carolina Four-Ball trophies. Richardson stuck his 103-yard approach on the fourth playoff hole to three feet and made the short birdie putt to clinch the team's first CGA championship. After watching so many of his putts roll over the lip, Richardson said “it was good to just finally hit one close and not have to worry about making a putt.”


After being so close in 2015, McNeill and Richardson believed they had a good chance to come back and win this year, but knew that Lyerly and Emmons would be a challenge. “Those guys play every day and it’s tough for us to get out here and compete on a regular’s just fun to come out. They’re great players and it looks like they’ve got a great road ahead of them, but we had to come out and represent the older guys out here.” The North Carolina Four-Ball is their first CGA championship as a team and Richardson’s fourth CGA championship victory.


Final Round Results






JD McNeill, Raleigh, N.C. -  Jerry Richardson Jr, Cary, N.C. *Won on 4th Playoff Hole

65-62-66--193 (-23)


Justin Emmons, Asheboro, N.C. -  Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C.

64-62-67--193 (-23)


Dustin Moore, Greensboro, N.C. -  Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C.

67-68-61--196 (-20)


Brian Gauley, Wake Forest, N.C. -  Mark Gauley, Raleigh, N.C.

66-67-64--197 (-19)


Dale Ring, Carthage, N.C. -  Sherrill Britt, West End, N.C.

68-65-64--197 (-19)


Gary Pugh, Asheboro, N.C. -  Colton Sapp, Archdale, N.C.

68-65-67--200 (-16)


Billy West, Fayetteville, N.C. -  Chris Holland, Fayetteville, N.C.

69-66-65--200 (-16)


Joshua Hudgins, High Point, N.C. -  Ben Nihart, Greensboro, N.C.

69-66-66--201 (-15)


Mark Absher, Winston Salem, N.C. -  Chris Cassetta, Winston-Salem, N.C.

68-68-66--202 (-14)


Jacob Lowder, Greensboro, N.C. -  Kyle Stockton, High Point, N.C.

69-66-68--203 (-13)


Justin Harvey, Holly Springs, N.C. -  Michael Swiger, Raleigh, N.C.

69-65-69--203 (-13)


James Bass Jr., Asheboro , N.C. -  Nicholas Baker, Raleigh, N.C.

67-68-68--203 (-13)


John Bauman, Cary, N.C. -  Scott McClellan, Cary, N.C.

72-65-66--203 (-13)


Phil Miller, China Grove, N.C. -  Macon Moye, Pinehurst, N.C.

69-67-68--204 (-12)


Brant Stovall, Asheboro, N.C. -  Josh Turner, Liberty, N.C.

70-69-66--205 (-11)


Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown, N.C. -  Kenny Flynn, Winston Salem, N.C.

71-67-67--205 (-11)


Matthew Crenshaw, Burlington, N.C. -  Blair Bowland, Burlington, N.C.

65-69-71--205 (-11)


David Cook, Cedar Point, N.C. -  Steven Pippin, Shannon, N.C.

66-72-68--206 (-10)


Tony Byerly, Graham, N.C. -  Scott Trent, Greensboro, N.C.

68-71-67--206 (-10)


Jonathan Jackson, Chapel Hill, N.C. -  Mark Kozel, Chapel Hill , N.C.

68-67-71--206 (-10)


Matthew Rogers, Huntersville, N.C. -  Brett Waters, Taylorsville, N.C.

70-67-69--206 (-10)


Jeff Allen, Jacksonville, N.C. -  Eddie Connelly III, Jacksonville, N.C.

68-69-71--208 (-8)


Jack Keefe, Fayetteville, N.C. -  William Kwasnick, Raleigh, N.C.

68-68-72--208 (-8)


Joe Decosta, Asheville, N.C. -  James Whitehouse, Asheville, N.C.

71-67-71--209 (-7)


Whit Howard, Raleigh, N.C. -  Reid Clark, Raleigh, N.C.

69-67-73--209 (-7)


Brad Mundy, Hickory, N.C. -  Nathan Jessup, Hickory, N.C.

71-67-71--209 (-7)


Park Williams, Kernersville, N.C. -  Mr Tod Dauler, Summerfield, N.C.

67-70-72--209 (-7)


Marais Lombard, Charlotte, N.C. -  David Reid, Matthews, N.C.

65-72-73--210 (-6)


Eric Williams, Goldsboro, N.C. -  Hayden Gardner, Goldsboro, N.C.

68-71-71--210 (-6)


Rob Stover, Durham, N.C. -  Chris O'Shea, Durham, N.C.

70-68-73--211 (-5)


Ray Womack, Burlington, N.C. -  Kevin Womack, Burlington, N.C.

71-67-74--212 (-4)


Nick Cromer, Archdale, N.C. -  Luke Hollingsworth, Archdale, N.C.

68-71-80--219 (+3)


Did Not Qualify for Final Round



Timothy Driver, Holly Springs, N.C. -  Brian Urban, Holly Springs, N.C.

70-70 (-4)


Gary Roberson, Burlington, N.C. -  Robbie Ector, Burlington , N.C.

71-70 (-3)


Brad Deal, Mebane, N.C. -  Keith McDaniel, Haw River, N.C.

74-67 (-3)


Bryon Ruben, Durham, N.C. -  Bill Reduzzi, Raleigh, N.C.

73-68 (-3)


Ricky Zachary, Thomasville, N.C. -  Trey Mitchell, Jamestow, N.C.

73-68 (-3)


Kevin Atamian, Raleigh, N.C. -  Jay Clayton, Burlington, N.C.

67-74 (-3)


Brandon Berrier, Kernersville, N.C. -  Mr. Jason Wilkes, Kernersville, N.C.

75-66 (-3)


Jason Wilburn, Hillsborough, N.C. -  Nathan Young, Oak Ridge, N.C.

67-74 (-3)


Phil Bland, Waynesville, N.C. -  Kim Russell, Pinehurst, N.C.

72-69 (-3)


Billy Andrews, Advance, N.C. -  Santford Garner, Winston-Salem, N.C.

70-72 (-2)


Patrick Cummings, Wilmington, N.C. -  Erik Ehlert, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

71-71 (-2)


Dave Davis, Pinehurst, N.C. -  Brad Fogleman, Liberty, N.C.

71-71 (-2)


Jason Smith, Raleigh, N.C. -  Billy Williford, Durham, N.C.

72-71 (-1)


Jeff Burcham, Greensboro, N.C. -  Jeff Guernier, Greensboro, N.C.

69-74 (-1)


Jason Crowe, Hillsborough, N.C. -  David Waggoner, Holly Ridge, N.C.

73-71 (Even)


Jordan Ford, Cary, N.C. -  Pete Luster, Chapel Hill, N.C.

73-71 (Even)


Hunter Freeman, Raleigh, N.C. -  Steve Arrington, Wake Forest, N.C.

72-73 (+1)


Dean Norman Jr., Greensboro, N.C. -  Dean Norman, Greensboro, N.C.

75-71 (+2)


Joe Poole Jr., Southern Pines , N.C. -  Pete Lineberger, Pinehurst, N.C.

72-75 (+3)


Bob Ferrel Jr, Durham, N.C. -  Matt Torri, Durham, N.C.

75-72 (+3)


Peter Michaels, Durham, N.C. -  Bradley Strode, Durham, N.C.

77-71 (+4)


Brad Gee, Siler City, N.C. -  Randy Kivett, Bear Creek, N.C.

74-75 (+5)


Drew Haywood, Chapel Hill, N.C. -  Roy Andrews, Lenoir, N.C.

73-76 (+5)


Victor Ruotolo, Charlotte, N.C. -  Jon Eichstaedt, Charlotte, N.C.

75-75 (+6)


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.    

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