Lyerly leads Eastern Am by 4 with one round to go
Nick Lyerly (UNCG photo)
Nick Lyerly (UNCG photo)

PORTSMOUTH, VA (July 14, 2018) – After three rounds at the Eastern Amateur, Nick Lyerly is in as comfortable a position as you could hope for at a major summer amateur event. The rising sophomore at UNC Greensboro has a four-shot cushion on Appalachian State’s Tripp Summerlin entering the fourth and final round at Elizabeth Manor.

Lyerly’s card is impressively flawless. In 54 holes, he has yet to make a bogey on the par-70 layout. He birdied Nos 5, 8 and 14 on Saturday for a third-round 67. It followed rounds of 63 and 65 to open the tournament. He stands at 15 under for the week.

Lyerly is two years removed from winning the 2016 North Carolina Amateur. He won the Southern Conference Championship as an individual this spring

Summerlin, who was runner-up in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, picked up a shot on Lyerly with a third-round 66. He has had two bogeys this week in his 11-under effort. Alston Newsom of VCU carded a steady 3-under 67 Saturday to get to 9 under and solo third.

The round of the day belonged to Radford's Peter Gasperini, whose 7-under 63 bumped him into a tie for fourth with Wake Forest freshman Kengo Aoshima. Both are 8-under par. Aoshima played the last four holes in 4 under to cap a third-round 6-under 64.

Auburn's Andrew Kozan is sixth another shot back at 7 under.

Results: Eastern Amateur
1NCNick LyerlySalisbury, NC50063-65-67-69=264
T2VAAlston NewsomChesapeake, VA40070-64-67-68=269
T2NCTripp SummerlinSummerfield, NC40068-65-66-70=269
T4VAPeter GasperiniS. Boston, VA30067-72-63-70=272
T4HIKengo AoshimaHonolulu, HI30070-68-64-70=272

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ABOUT THE Eastern Amateur

The Eastern Amateur is a 72 hole stroke play event that perennially attracts a top-drawer field. The tournament has been played -- with the exception of 1977 and 1999 -- at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club. Elizabeth Manor is a par 70 Dick Wilson design in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The impressive list of winners includes U.S. Open winners Curtis Strange, Ben Crenshaw, Andy Bean, Hubert Green, Jim Furyk and Steve Jones. Other notables who have played in the Eastern Amateur are Lanny Wadkins, Arron Oberholser, Steve Marino, Scott Hoch, Clarence Rose, Gary Koch, Bob Tway, John Rollins, Fred Funk, Carl Petterson, Chip Beck, Jim Simons, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Melnyk, Andy Bean and Steve Liebler. Liebler won the who the Eastern in three different decades and is the only golfer to have ever qualified for the USGA Junior, USGA Amateur, USGA Open, USGA Public Links, USGA Senior Open and USGA Senior Amateur as well as representing his state in the USGA Team competition.

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