Lyerly and Childress remain in top 15 at the Junior North & South Amateur

Published 10:12 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Staff report

PINEHURST — Stephen Carroll, a rising senior at Concord High School, continues to lead the 38th Junior Boys North and South Amateur after the tournament’s second round here Tuesday.

Carroll shot a 4-under par 68 during Monday’s round on Pinehurst No. 8. He followed that up with a 2-over par 72 on the famous No. 2 course yesterday, but at 2-under par for the tournament, Carroll has a one-stroke lead over three other golfers.

The event concludes today, with the final round returning to the No. 8 course.

Salisbury’s Michael Childress and Nick Lyerly remain in the top 15 for the tournament. Lyerly moved up on Tuesday into a tie for ninth place while Childress moved down, and is in a tie for 14th place.

Lyerly, 17, a rising senior at East Rowan High School, is at three-over for the tournament after a 1-over par 71 yesterday. He shot a 74 on Monday, which is 2-over on the par 72 No. 8 course. Pinehurst No. 2 is a par 70.

Childress had five birdies and fired a 1-under par 71 on Monday, but shot a 75 on Tuesday, and stands at 4-over par for the tournament.

Childress, 16, a rising junior at Cannon School in Concord, was even-par on No. 2’s front side on Tuesday. However, on the back nine, Childress had four bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-4 18th hole.

Lyerly had three birdies through the first 10 holes on Tuesday, making him even for the tournament, but bogeyed the 13th, 17th and 18th holes to end with his 71.

Carroll had three birdies on the front nine yesterday and now has eight during the tournament.

Following Carroll in a three-way tie for second place at 1-under par are: Alberto Martinez of Weston, Fla., Cooper Sears of Old Hickory, Tenn., and Mason Williams of Bridgeport, W.Va.

Two golfers are a even for the two days — James McHugh of Rye, N.Y., and JonErik Alford of Roswell, Ga.

Tim Bunten, of Concord, a teammate of Childress’ at Cannon School, is tied for 20th after an 8-over par 78 on Tuesday. Bunten is 6-over par for the event.

In the girls’ tournament, Salisbury High School graduate Grace Yatawara had her second straight tough day and is tied for 74th at 22-over par for the tournament. Yatawara shot an 83 in each of the first two rounds, making no birdies thus far in the tournament.

The girls played Pinehurst No. 2 on Monday while the No. 6 course is the venue for the other two rounds.

Yatawara, a two-time state 2A high school champion, will be a freshman at East Carolina this fall and a member of the Pirates’ golf team.

Two girls are tied for the lead after two rounds: Lauren Beaudrea, of Lemont, Ill., fired a 69 on Tuesday to move into the tie with Micheala Williams of Athens, Ala.

Lake Norman High School rising senior Kathryn Carson is tied for third place with a score of 3-over par for the tournament. Carson, also an ECU commit for the fall of 2017, had the first-round lead with a 70 but followed it up with a 77 on Tuesday.

Emily Hawkins, of Lexington, who won the N.C. Junior Girls Championship last month at the Country Club of Salisbury, is tied for 14th place after rounds of 75 and 76.