Lyerly's bogey-free stretch leads to Eastern Am victory
Nick Lyerly (Eastern Am photo)
Nick Lyerly (Eastern Am photo)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (July 15, 2018) – Nick Lyerly put a big feather in his cap Sunday when he won the Eastern Amateur. Lyerly, who will be a sophomore at UNC Greensboro in the fall, had a four-shot lead entering the final round and won by five shots at Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club.

Lyerly led from the opening round. Most notably, he played 62 holes before making his first bogey of the tournament when he three-putted the par-3 ninth in the final round. 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. He was 16 under for the week.

Lyerly played his rain-shortened practice round with longtime competitor Tripp Summerlin and the two were paired together on Sunday. They 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 Conference Championship this spring, shot an even-par 70 to tie VCU golfer Alston Newsom at 11-under 269.

Newsom, who grew up playing the Elizabeth Manor course, fired a steady 2-under 68 on Sunday. Radford’s Peter Gasperini, Wake Forest’s Kengo Aoshima and Michael Brennan, of Leesburg, Va., tied for 4th at 8 under.

Information from the Eastern Amateur used in this report

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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