Area Sports: Lyerly competes in U.S. Open sectional qualifying

Published 11:16 pm Monday, June 3, 2019

From staff and wire reports

Nick Lyerly (East Rowan, UNC Greensboro)  made a strong showing in U.S. Open sectional qualifying held at Hawks Ridge in Ball Ground, Ga.

U.S. Open sectionals are  a grueling 36-hole affair. Lyerly took his best shot.

Playing in an elite field of 67, made up of pros and top amateurs, Lyerly shot 71-70 — 141. He finished  3-under, but only four golfers advanced to the U.S. Open, with two alternates.

The four qualifiers included two golfers at 11-under and two more  who shot 9-under. Two pros and two amateurs advanced.

Lyerly started on No. 10 in the first round and shot 33-38 — 71. He had consecutive birdies on 16, 17 and 18 and peaked at 4-under, but he bogeyed 3,4 and 5 to slip back to 1-under.

In his second round of the day, he shot 34-36-70. He bogeyed 2 and 3, but he made an eagle on the par-5 No. 4 hole.  He made bogeys on 11 and 17, but he had birdies on 7, 9, 12 and 18.

For Lyerly, a rising junior at UNC Greensboro who won the 2018 Eastern Amateur and was a 2018 U.S. Amateur qualifier, this was another step on his golf journey.

He shot 69 in local qualifying at Duke University in May to advance to the sectional.

At sectional qualifiers  held in the U.S. Japan, England and Canada, 927 top golfers were competing for 75 spots in the U.S. Open, which will be played this year at Pebble Beach.

Legion baseball

Mocksville pummeled High Point 20-1 on Monday at Finch Field to stop an eight-game skid.

Joe Johnson homered and drove in four runs for Mocksville (5-9).

Joey Szevetitz went 4-for-4 and scored four runs. Hunter Meacham had four RBIs. Nick Ward and Spencer Claus drove in three runs each.

Junior Legion

Carson rolled to a 10-0 win against South Rowan on Monday.

Chase Drinkard allowed only one hit. Aaron Misenheimer got the last out.

Aaron Bradshaw went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. He doubled and tripled.

Connor Rayfield had three RBIs, while Jordan King had two.

Carson plays at Salisbury tonight, while South Rowan plays at A.L. Brown.


Kannapolis Post 115 lost to Concord 8-5 on Monday.

Ethan Young and JJ Devos drove in three runs apiece for Concord.

Michael Specht had two hits and Matt Oakley had two RBIs for Post 115.


KANNAPOLIS—  Doran Turchin hit a run-scoring single in the first inning, leading the Delmarva Shorebirds to a 5-3 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Monday.

The single by Turchin, part of a three-run inning, gave the Shorebirds a 1-0 lead before Nick Horvath hit a two-run single later in the inning.

The Intimidators cut into the deficit in the third inning when Alex Destino hit an RBI single and then scored on a double by Romy Gonzalez.

The Shorebirds later tacked on a run in both the fifth and seventh innings. In the fifth, Turchin scored on an error, while Will Robertson hit an RBI double in the seventh.

Delmarva starter Ryan Wilson (1-1) picked up the win despite allowing three runs and five hits over five innings. Opposing starter Jason Bilous (2-3) took the loss in the SAL game.

Delmarva improved to 10-1 against Kannapolis this season.