MEBANE, NC (October 1, 2016) -- 18 birdies in 36 holes has brought the team of Nicholas Lyerly from Salisbury, NC and Justin Emmons from Asheboro, NC to 18-under and it will give them the lead heading into the final round of the North Carolina Four-Ball Championship at Mill Creek Golf Club.
In their first ever four-ball event, they have found a spark together. “I think it’s awesome, I love it (four-ball)”, Emmons said when asked about playing four-ball for the first time, “the second player can really take advantage if the first person is safe, it really makes you comfortable.” The youngest team in the field has a one shot lead in what has turned into a two horse race.
One shot behind at 17-under, is the veteran team of JD McNeill from Raleigh, NC and Jerry Richardson, Jr. from Cary, NC. Carding 15 birdies and one eagle over two days, doing almost all of their damage on the par 5's and par 3's. McNiell and Richardson were in the final group at last year’s North Carolina Four-Ball Championship, and finished in third place. They are hoping this year will have a different outcome.
The two teams are six shots clear of the rest of the field in what is sure to be a shootout Sunday at Mill Creek. The cut line fell at 5-under par 139. The leaders will tee off at 9:20 a.m. Sunday morning.
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