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icholas Lyerly, a rising high school senior from Salisbury who will play college golf next


year at North Carolina-Greensboro, became the youngest North Carolina Amateur cham- pion in the event’s 56-year history when he won at Govenors 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 claim- ing his first CGA championship victory after shooting rounds of 70-71-68-71 for an 8-under total. "To come out with a win is just great. I'm glad it was on Father's Day, I know my dad is really proud."


Lyerly, the 2015 North Carolina Junior Player of


makes North Carolina golf history Lyerly wins NC Am, Kim takes AJGA Junior Girls


UNC-Greensboro commitment


the Year, started the 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 the 22-year-old Keck would not apply much pressure on Lyerly, posting 73 and 78, respectively. The competitor that closed within one stroke of Lyerly played two groups ahead, Jamestown's Justin Tereshko. The 26-year-old Tereshko's 5-under 67 was kick-started by three opening birdies, then an eagle-birdie combination on Nos. 13 and 14. In four rounds Tereshko made 19 birdies and two eagles. However, Lyerly came out firing in his final round, hitting pitching wedges on the first two holes to tap-in birdie range, ex- tending his lead to four. He faltered some of the back side, but a birdie on the par-5 17th gave Lyerly the cushion he needed to tap-in a bogey for the one-stroke victory in the 56th North Carolina Amateur Championship.


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