Golf: Lyerly plays often, but misses competition

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 21, 2020

His first scheduled summer event already has been canceled.

He is still holding out some hope for late June and July. He plans to compete in the North & South Men’s Championship in Pinehurst, a tournament that starts on June 27 and concludes on July 4. He plans to compete in the Eastern Amateur, an event he won in 2018 in Portsmouth, Va.. That tournament is scheduled for July 9-12.

“It’s a waiting game for now,” Lyerly said. “Maybe I’ll play in a few more tournaments, if all goes well.”

The next PGA event that has any chance to be played is the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas. Originally scheduled for late May, that tournament was postponed to June 11-14.

It was a spring without The Masters (now set for Nov. 12-15), and it will be a summer without the U.S. Open, which has been pushed back to September at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The PGA Championship in San Francisco was shoved from May to August. The British Open, a tradition-rich staple of July, won’t happen at all this year. It’s been canceled.

Lyerly, like a lot of golf enthusiasts, awaits the sport’s return on a national and international scale, and continues to stay active locally.

He fired an insane 60 at Corbin Hills last summer when his putter got incredibly hot. That set the bar high. That 60 gives him something to aim for, as he tries to maintain his competitive edge.

“It’s been a crazy time, but I’ll get my game back to where I want it to be,” Lyerly said.