UNCW's Thomas Eldridge tied for 2nd at N.C. Amateur


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). 

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.