Nick Lyerly is the wire to wire winner
of the 2018 Eastern Amateur
Nick Lyerly, UNC Greensboro rising sophomore can add the Eastern Amateur to a resume that includes the 2016 North Carolina Amateur and the 2018 Southern Conference Tournament. Lyerly, who led from the opening round, played 62 holes before making his first bogey of the tournament, a three putt on the par-3 ninth. Lyerly, who only got 11 holes in before storms ended his practice round got to 17-under in Sunday's round before playing the final 10 holes in 1-over to post a final round 69 and claim a five stoke victory. Lyerly played his rain shortened practice round with longtime competitor Tripp Summerlin and the two were paired together on Sunday. The two grew up playing junior golf together and have played dozens of tournament rounds with one another. Summerlin, an Appalachian State rising junior who was runner-up in the Sun Belt tournament this year, shot an even-par 70 to tie VCU golfer and Chesapeake resident Alston Newsom at 11-under par 269. Newsom, who grew up playing the Elizabeth Manor course fired a steady 2-under 68 on Sunday. Peter Gasperini (Radford), Kengo Aoshima (Wake Forest) and Michael Brennan (Leesburg, VA) tied for 4th at 8-under. Zinyo Garcia (Australia), Daniel Gurtner (TCU), Davis Lamb (Notre Dame), Michael Sass (College of Charleston), and Peter Knade (Maryland) rounded out the top 10 at 7-under par.
Played at Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club
Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club, 1 Ace Parker Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23701
Pro Shop, 757-488-6605; Clubhouse 757-488-4534; www.elizabethmanorgolf.com
Eastern Amateur Office: 757-465-1200