"59 Watch" at N.C. Open as Justin Tereshko catches fire
Justin Tereshko
Justin Tereshko

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — In a tournament dotted with amateur talent amongst a field of professionals, Justin Tereshko, head men's golf coach at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., flirted with 59 en route to a four-shot lead through 36 holes of the North Carolina Open.

Playing The Club at Irish Creek, Tereshko, who played collegiately at Transylvania University, posted 10-under par 61 to head to the final round with a nice four-stroke cushion.

Tereshko's front nine consisted of seven birdies and made way for a spectacular and rare 28 on the par-35. He birdied 10 to get to eight-under but mellowed out with five straight pars from 11 to 15. Birdies at 16 and 17 brought him close to the 60 mark, but a hole-in-one is what he needed on the par-three 18th to post the elusive 59.

Eight of the top-11 players after 36 holes are amateurs, including Wake Forest junior Davis Womble, who is tied for third at seven under. Also tied for third, five shots behind Tereshko, are William & Mary junior Davis Morrison and College of Charleston sophomore William Rainey.

First round leader, professional Rick Morton of Jacksonville, N.C., is alone in second place after a one-under 70 on day two. Morton was five strokes ahead of the current leader Tereshko entering Wednesday's second round.

Last year, UNC-Greensboro junior Jake McGlone came close to winning but fell in a playoff to pro Nathan Stamey. In this year's event, McGlone has carded rounds of 69 and 72 and sits in a tie for 18th place.

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ABOUT THE North Carolina Open

The North Carolina Open is open to both amateurs and PGA professionals. It is organized by the Carolinas section of the PGA of America. 54-hole stroke play. The field is reduced to the low 60 contestants (or 1/3 of the field if 140 or less) and ties after 36 holes.

Interesting Fact: Both state opens run by the Carolinas section, the North Carolina Open and the South Carolina Open, are the only ones in the United States that prohibit non-PGA professionals from competing. It has been played annually since 1965 at a variety of courses around the state.

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