Area Sports: Shuping/Taylor still winning in Oregon

Published 11:10 pm Tuesday, May 28, 2019

From staff reports

Logan Shuping and Blake Taylor,  a pair of East Carolina University golfers, have reached the semifinals in the 5th annual U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship being held in Bandon, Oregon.

In the Round of 16 on Tuesday, they staged two comebacks to defeat Andrew Noto/James Fusilier, 1-up.

Noto and Fusilier, seeded 32nd, were up three holes  after seven. Shuping (East Rowan) and Taylor got back even by winning 9, 12 and 13, but then slid back down by two after losing the 14th and 15th.

The Pirate duo won the last three holes with birdies to prevail.


Seeded 17th after  stroke play, Shuping and Taylor also won their quarterfinal match on Tuesday against eighth-seeded  brothers-in-law Bobby Leopold and Tyler Cooke.

Shuping and Taylor took an early lead. They went up two holes on the 13th with a birdie and were still up one hole going to the 18th. They took the 18th with a birdie to win 2-up.


The semifinal opponent for Shuping and Taylor today is  the fourth-seeded duo of Taylor Wood/Andrew Medley.

In the other semifinal, it’s seventh-seeded Scott Harvey/Todd Mitchell against third-seeded Troy Vannucci/Vince Kown.


UNC Greensboro’s Nick Lyerly (East Rowan) was named to the PingTour all-region team after posting the lowest stroke average (71.47) in program history as a sophomore.

Lyerly has helped lead UNCG to back-to-back Southern Conference championships for the first time ever .

An All-SoCon selection for the second straight year as well, Lyerly won the individual championship at the Martin Downs Collegiate.


GARS members played at Rolling Hills this week.

Low ‘A’  Flight player was Mick Rowell with a net of 59.16

Low ‘B’ Flight player was Steve Masingo with a net of 58.30.

Low ‘C’ Flight player was Linn Safley with a net of 56.85.

Low ‘D’ Flight player was Carrol Downey with a net of 63.36.

Rowell had low gross with a 69 and eagled the par-4 13th,

Safley won low net and eagled two par 5s, No. 3 and No. 14.

Bernard Caldwell, 71, shot 70; Rowell, 73, shot  69;  Donald Martin, 75, shot 71; Bob Niekras, 77, shot 73; Clyde  Crawford, 77, shot 75; Bobby Clark, 79, shot  76; Ben Moore, 82, shot 81; Frank Masingo, 83, shot 78; Clive Mahaffey, 83, shot 83; Bill Saunders, 84, shot  82, and J.C. Ritchie, 94, shot  82.

Junior Legion

Kane Kepley went 3-for-4 and scored three runs to lead South Rowan Junior Legion to a 6-5 win against West Rowan on Tuesday.


Carson rolled 8-0 against Kannapolis Post 115 on Tuesday.

Aaron Misenheimer, Aaron Bradshaw and Caden Hudson had three hits each for the Cougars.

Legion baseball

Concord beat Kannapolis 5-2 on Tuesday.

Bryson Bebber hit a two-run homer for Kannapolis (2-4) in the fourth for a 2-0 lead, but Post 51 was strong in the late innings.

Trace Beaver and Ick Cirino had doubles for Concord.


Stanly County rode great pitching from Jordan Howard to a 9-1 win against Davidson County on Tuesday. Colby Lamm and Jack Foley had two RBIs apiece.


Kernersville’s Cameron Watts and Noah Robinson drove in three runs each in a 7-6 win vs. Greensboro.

on Tuesday.