Area Sports Briefs: Lyerly advances to match play in US Junior Amateur
From staff reports
Nick Lyerly, a rising senior at East Rowan, advanced to the match play portion of the U.S. Junior Amateur in Ooltewah, Tenn., on Tuesday.
Lyerly tied for 25th in a field of 156 after two rounds of stroke play. He shot 74-72 — for 2-over 146.
Lyerly’s 72 on Tuesday included four birdies and four bogeys. He started on the back nine and made the turn at 34.
After a playoff to determine the final spots in the field, match play for the top 64 golfers starts today.
The rounds of 32 and 16 will be conducted on Thursday. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on Friday.
The championship match (36 holes) will be held on Saturday.
Michael Childress, a rising junior at Cannon School, shot 78-78 — 156 and did not advance to match play.
Childress made two birdies and eight bogeys on Tuesday.
Lyerly’s participation — and success — in the U.S.Junior Amateur has been a factor in the delay for listing pairings for the Horace Billings Rowan Amateur at Corbin Hills.
Lyerly is the defending champion in that popular event and will be the No.1 seed if he plays.
First-round pairings may be announced today for the field of 32.
Match play begins on Friday and continues on Saturday and Sunday.
The Corbin Hills played a blind partner, low net event.
Faye Cline and Monica Green took first place. Ruth Bowles and Treva Honeycutt finished second.
Tony Iossi and Cindy Carmazzi won low putts.
Rowan Junior Open
Nick Lyerly also is the defending champion for the 9th annual Rowan Junior Golf Open Championship.
Entries open for that event today. The entry fee is $80. Entries close Aug. 20.
The tournament will be held on Aug. 22-23, and it’s a unique local tournament in that it will be contested at two courses — The Club at Irish Creek and Warrior.
In U.S. Amateur sectional qualifying held at Monroe Country Club on Tuesday, Victor Wiggins of Gastonia shot 8-under 64 for the first-round lead.
The cutline fell at 1-over 73. Forty-seven of the 107 competitors advanced to today’s final round.
Davis Richards (South Rowan, NC State) shot 34-34 — 68 and is in 11th place at 4-under.
Richards made an eagle 3 on the par-5, 451-yard No. 4 hole. He made three birdies and one bogey.
Walker Cress (Concord, James Madison) shot 71 to make the cut.
Logan Shuping (East Rowan, East Carolina) shot 77.
Three qualifying spots and two alternate positions are available at this qualifying site. The qualifiers will advance to the U.S. Amateur Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan that starts on Aug. 15.
Eric Edwards (Salisbury, George Mason) has qualified for the event.
U.S. Women’s Amateur
Nasa Hataoka of Japan shot 5-under-par 66 and led 10 U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifiers at Sapona Ridge on Monday. Anna Redding (Cannon School, Virginia) tied for second with a 68.
Forty-eight GARS members played in foursomes at Lexington Golf Club.
Low ‘A’ Flight player was Bob Sidden with a net of 65.05. Low ‘B’ Flight player was Bill Saunders with a net 64.37. Low ‘C’ Flight player was Ralph Brown with a net of 67.96. Low ‘D’ Flight player was Johnny Graham with a net of 66.07.
Shooting their age or better were Winsten Mahaffey, Clive Mahaffey, Buddy Barger, Bill Saunders, Dick Hatoway, Guy Schenck and O.J. Chandler.
West Rowan grad Khaila Hall had four points, five rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes of action to help the West All-Stars beat the East, 105-85, on Monday in Greensboro.
The East won the girls East-West All-Star Game, 2-1, on Tuesday in Greensboro.
Bailey Edwards and Lily Schneider scored as the East took a 2-0 lead.
Debbie Killian scored for the West. West goalkeeper Liz Nail made sixsaves.
The East’s Megan Greene (Fuquay Varina) was voted MVP.
The East team also won the boys East-West All-Star game, 2-1.
The night included a 45-minute lightning delay.
Salisbury’s Landon Goodman and Cristian Uribe were on the West team.
Wesley Nelson and Pedro Segundo scored for the East. MVP Segundo got the game-winner.
The West goal was scored by Nicholas Lugo.
The East-West All-Star Game will be held tonight at 8 p.m. in Greensboro at Jamieson Stadium.
Members of the West team include West Rowan QB Kacey Otto, East Rowan offensive lineman Sawyer Kimmer, Davie receiver Ben Ellis and A.L. Brown offensive lineman Cameron Peters and defensive lineman Dantrell Barkley.
Little League softball
The Rowan 11-12 team won 2-0 against Washington on Monday and will play for the state championship tonight in Charlotte.
The Rowan Little League 13-14 team willrepresent North Carolina in the Southeast Regional that begins Friday at Salisbury Community Park.
Rowan is scheduled to play the Florida champions, Keystone/Northside, at 12:30 p.m.
Washington will be the N.C. team competing in the 15-16 regional.
Morganton will represent N.C. in the 17-18 regional.
Rowan County (28-11) plays Wilmington (20-2) in the first round of the state tournament at Wingate’s Ron Christopher Stadium on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Rowan’s tournament game on Saturday will be at 9:30 a.m (if Rowan loses Friday) or 4:30 p.m. (if Rowan wins Friday).
High Point is matched up with Caldwell County in the first round and will play in the 9:30 a.m. game.
There are four games on each of the first two days, with 9:30, 12:30, 4:30 and 7:30 scheduled start times.
Union County is the host team for the first time.
Previous Area IV hosts have been Caldwell County (2000 and 2012), Shelby (2004), Cherryville (2005) and Gastonia (2008).
Area I is scheduled to host the 2017 event, with Area III hosting in 2018, Area II in 2019 and Area IV again in 2020.
Cameron Snethen’s hit in the bottom of the seventh gave Rutherford an 8-7 win against Bear Grass and the state championship.
Rutherford didn’t lose in the double-elimination