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Nicholas Lyerly Makes NC Am History

Nicholas Lyerly makes history at Governors Club

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (June 19, 2016) -- Final results from 56th North Carolina Amateur hosted by Governors Club in Chapel Hill on Sunday, June 19 (7005 yards, par 36-36--72, Course/Slope Rating: 74.5/142).

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Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury is the
youngest NC Amateur champion [Enlarge]

On Sunday, Nicholas Lyerly, a rising high school senior from Salisbury, became the youngest North Carolina Amateur champion in history at Governors Club in Chapel Hill. At 17 years 5 months and 7 days, Lyerly is two months younger than Joshua Martin when he captured the 2014 title.

"I've been close a bunch of times, just never got a win," said Lyerly about claiming his first CGA championship victory. "To come out with a win is just great. I'm glad it's on Father's Day, I know my dad is really proud."

Lyerly, the 2015 North Carolina Junior Player of the Year, started Sunday's final round with a two stroke advantage over Thomas Eldridge of Raleigh and Caleb Keck of Reidsville. Eldridge, 20, a rising junior at UNC-Wilmington and 22-year-old Keck would not apply much pressure on Lyerly, posting 73 and 78, respectively on Sunday.

The competitor that closed within one stroke of Lyerly played two groups ahead, Jamestown's Justin Tereshko. The 26-year-old Tereshko's five-under 67 was kick-started by three opening birdies then an eagle-birdie combination on Nos. 13 and 14. "I think I am going to come up one shot short again," the 2015 runner-up said while waiting for the last group to finish. The birdie on hole 14 elevated him to 8-under for the championship, but a downhill putt hit off the green on hole 16 led to bogey. In four rounds Tereshko made 19 birdies and two eagles. He commented that what he will lose sleep over are three double bogeys he made during the back nine on Saturday.

Also shooting 67 Sunday was Tim Conover of Holly Springs. His round was highlighted by an albatross on the par-5 13th, made by knocking an 8-iron into the cup from 181 yards.

Lyerly came out firing Sunday, hitting pitching wedges on the first two holes to tap-in birdie range, extending his lead to four. "On the front nine I came out firing," Lyerly recalled after his round. Knowing he had a sizable advantage on the field at the turn, the UNC-Greensboro commit started playing conservatively on the back nine. Unfortunately, that game plan led to back-to-back bogeys on holes 15 and 16, cutting his lead to just one over Tereshko. A birdie on the par-5 17th gave Lyerly the cushion he needed to tap-in a bogey for the one-stroke victory at 8-under-par 280.

Lyerly plays from a bunker on the
4th hole at Governors Club on Sunday

With the win Lyerly gets his name engraved on the trophy and an exemption into the 102nd Carolinas Amateur Championship hosted by Country Club of Charleston July 14-17.  Next on his playing schedule is the 49th North Carolina Junior Boys' Championship, which begins at Wilson Country Club on Tuesday. Lyerly was stroke play qualifying medalist last year before losing in the quarterfinals.

The CGA would like to thanks to staff and members of Governors Club for their hospitality and help conducting this championship at their wonderful venue.

The top-30 finishers from this year's championship are exempt into next year's North Carolina Amateur at River Run in Davidson.

The North Carolina Amateur 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

Final Results
June 19, 2016

Place   Competitor   Score
1   Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C.     70-71-68-71--280  (-8)
2   Justin Tereshko, Jamestown, N.C.     68-72-74-67--281  (-7)
3   Stephen Franken, Raleigh, N.C.     71-68-73-70--282  (-6)
4   Tim Conover, Holly Springs, N.C.     69-70-77-67--283  (-5)
T5   Thomas Eldridge, Raleigh, N.C.     68-69-74-73--284  (-4)
T5   Scott Harvey, Kernersville , N.C.     73-68-74-69--284  (-4)
7   Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C.     70-72-72-71--285  (-3)
T8   Joseph Cansler, Clemmons, N.C.     73-67-72-74--286  (-2)
T8   Blake Taylor, Atkinson, N.C.     69-75-70-72--286  (-2)
T8   Wesley Conover, Holly Springs, N.C.     72-72-72-70--286  (-2)
11   Anthony Baker, Walkertown, N.C.     72-68-75-72--287  (-1)
T12   Alex Smalley, Wake Forest, N.C.     71-75-73-69--288  (Even)
T12   Kevin O'Connell, Raleigh, N.C.     73-69-74-72--288  (Even)
14   Caleb Keck, Reidsville, N.C.     69-71-71-78--289  (+1)
T15   Thomas Lilly, Newton, N.C.     73-71-71-76--291  (+3)
T15   Victor Wiggins, Gastonia, N.C.     71-70-74-76--291  (+3)
17   Patrick Cover, Huntersville, N.C.     73-67-73-80--293  (+5)
T18   Matthew Crenshaw, Burlington, N.C.     72-72-73-77--294  (+6)
T18   David Gies II, Charlotte, N.C.     72-75-74-73--294  (+6)
T18   Daniel Neveu, Pinehurst, N.C.     71-78-72-73--294  (+6)
T18   Matt Elliott, Wilkesboro, N.C.     72-70-78-74--294  (+6)
T22   Joe Jaspers, Huntersville, N.C.     73-74-76-72--295  (+7)
T22   Bryce Hendrix, Greenville, N.C.     68-75-77-75--295  (+7)
T22   David Germann, Clayton, N.C.     78-71-73-73--295  (+7)
T25   Philip Oweida, Charlotte, N.C.     73-70-78-75--296  (+8)
T25   David Sargent, Cornelius, N.C.     74-73-77-72--296  (+8)
T25   Nicholas Adams, Goldsboro, N.C.     70-75-78-73--296  (+8)
T25   Andy Crain, Raleigh, N.C.     79-72-72-73--296  (+8)
T25   Matthew Latham, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.     70-72-79-75--296  (+8)
T30   Eric Bae, Pinehurst, N.C.     71-76-74-76--297  (+9)
T30   David Donovan IV, Hampstead, N.C.     75-76-74-72--297  (+9)
T32   Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C.     76-72-78-73--299  (+11)
T32   Drew Johnson, Oak Ridge, N.C.     69-75-74-81--299  (+11)
T32   Eric Edwards, Salisbury, N.C.     75-74-74-76--299  (+11)
T35   Chandler Metz, Wilkesboro, N.C.     75-75-77-73--300  (+12)
T35   Timothy Driver, Holly Springs, N.C.     72-72-80-76--300  (+12)
T35   Rob Beasley, Kernersville, N.C.     70-74-78-78--300  (+12)
38   Uly Grisette, Winston Salem, N.C.     69-74-79-79--301  (+13)
T39   Patrick Stephenson, Four Oaks, N.C.     74-74-76-78--302  (+14)
T39   Brandon Reece, Rolesville, N.C.     75-72-76-79--302  (+14)
T39   Zack Swanson, Waxhaw, N.C.     77-70-75-80--302  (+14)
42   Joshua Stockwell, West End, N.C.     75-76-77-75--303  (+15)
T43   Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C.     81-70-79-75--305  (+17)
T43   Michael Hocker II, Durham, N.C.     71-79-79-76--305  (+17)
T43   Brandon Mader, Greenville, N.C.     74-68-81-82--305  (+17)
46   Nick Stafford, Belmont, N.C.     74-74-78-80--306  (+18)
T47   Hunter McCombs, Morganton, N.C.     75-76-79-77--307  (+19)
T47   Candler Rice, Asheville, N.C.     71-74-79-83--307  (+19)
T47   Parks Price, Calabash , N.C.     76-73-77-81--307  (+19)
T50   Davis Richards, China Grove, N.C.     74-77-83-75--309  (+21)
T50   Jacob Kennedy, Mt. Ulla, N.C.     76-72-81-80--309  (+21)
T50   Tim Bunten, Concord, N.C.     71-80-79-79--309  (+21)
T50   Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill, N.C.     77-73-83-76--309  (+21)
T50   Jarett Stowe, Matthews, N.C.     75-75-82-77--309  (+21)
55   Walker Cress, Concord, N.C.     72-79-82-79--312  (+24)
T56   Jubal Early, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.     72-78-86-79--315  (+27)
T56   Paul Fitzgerald, Charlotte, N.C.     73-75-96-71--315  (+27)
58   Reid Clark, Raleigh, N.C.     77-74-86-79--316  (+28)
59   Brett McLamb, Coats, N.C.     73-74-79-93--319  (+31)
60   Kaleb Lester, Mebane, N.C.     74-77-91-79--321  (+33)
    Failed to Qualify for Final 36 holes    
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)


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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