COLUMBUS, Ohio – Things have been going pretty well recently for Justin Tereshko. The Lexington, Ky., resident and former Guilford College men’s golf coach is 18 holes away from upping the ante on his hot streak. Through 54 holes at the 115th Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship, the 28-year-old leads a talented field of mostly college standouts with a score of 13-under-par 203.  

(Click for complete scoring.)

Tereshko, a 2012 Transylvania University graduate, turned in a tidy 4-under 68 in Thursday’s third round at venerable Brookside Golf & Country Club, an old school parkland course that demands accuracy from tee to green. He leads by two shots over a pair of Texans: TCU senior Hayden Springer from Trophy Club and incoming Texas freshman Coody Pierceson from Plano.

So what’s been going so well for Tereshko lately? Well, he married the love of his life less than two weeks ago on June 30. He won the North Carolina State Amateur in 2017 and the North Carolina State Open in 2015. He resigned from Guildford a week ago, but he did it for the best intentions. He wanted to move to his new bride Kelsey’s hometown in Kentucky. They’ll honeymoon in the Bahamas in a couple weeks.

“This is my first tournament as a married man,” Tereshko said on Tuesday after opening the championship with a 6-under 66. “I’m still getting used to playing with the ring on my finger. You gotta love my wife. She let me leave town and play in a golf tournament a week and a half after our wedding.”

Tereshko dropped in birdies on three of his first four holes Thursday to jump into the lead. After two bogeys on Nos. 5 and 9, he added three more birdies on the back nine.

“A couple tap-in birdies are always nice to start off your round,” he said. “I was a little sloppy on the second half of the front nine, but I hit it to about a foot on No. 10 to get me going again.”

In addition to leading the championship, Tereshko also is running away with the Low Mid-Amateur honors. He set his sights on the bigger prize from Day 1, however.

“Any tournament I play in, no matter if it’s the Trans-Miss or a local muni thing, the goal is always to hoist the trophy at the end of the week,” he said. “Obviously you’re not going to win every tournament, but I’d say winning was the goal this week, or at least putting myself in position to win.”

To accomplish his goal, he’ll have to fend off some of the better college players in the country, including the two who are just two shots back.

Springer played one of the steadiest rounds of the day. He went bogey-free for a 5-under 67 to get to 11-under overall. Birdies on Holes 3, 5, 11, 14 and 18 has him in contention.

Coody, who in June won the AJGA’s Thunderbird Invitational and Texas Legends Junior Tour’s prestigious Byron Nelson Junior Championship, came in Thursday with a 4-under 68 that included a holed-out bunker shot for birdie on the par-3 eighth hole.

“On 11, I had a 15-footer for eagle,” he said. “I didn’t quite make it, but that was an easy birdie. Tomorrow, I need to be really straight off the tee and give myself lots of birdie looks. You’re not going to make every putt, but if you consistently hit it good and give yourself enough looks, they have to go in eventually.”

Tied for fourth place at 10-under 206 are Duke senior Alex Smalley from Greensboro, N.C., and former Augusta State standout Jake Marriott from Naples, Fla. Smalley holed out for eagle on No. 17 to shoot 4-under 68 in the third round; Marriott shot 1-over 71. Five players are tied for sixth place at 9-under 207.

Tereshko and all his pursuers are hoping to join the distinguished list of past Trans-Miss Amateur Champions, such as Jack Nicklaus (1958, ’59), Ben Crenshaw (1972), Gus Moreland (1932, ’33), Charles Coe (1947, ’49, ’52, ’56), Deane Beman (1960) and Mike McCoy (2000, ‘08). In more recent years, current professional players such as Bryson Dechambeau (2013), Kelly Kraft (2011), Will Zalatoris (2013, ’16) and Cameron Champ (2017) have added their names to the Trans-Miss Amateur trophy.

The final round of the 115th Trans-Miss Amateur begins Friday at 7:30 a.m. For pairings, click here. For more information on the championship, click here.

115th Trans-Miss Amateur Championship

Brookside Golf & Country Club

Columbus, Ohio

July 12, 2018

ROUND THREE RESULTS

 

Pos.       Player                                 Hometown         R1          R2          Total Gross

1             Tereshko, Justin                Lexington, KY     66           69           68           203

T2           Coody, Pierceson             Plano, TX             66           71           68           205

T2           Springer, Hayden              T. Club, TX           70           68           67           205

T4           Marriott, Jake                   Naples, FL           70           65           71           206

T4           Smalley, Alex                     G’sboro, NC        70           68           68           206

T6           Winstead, Trey                  B. Rouge, LA       69           68           70           207

T6           Erickson, Dan                    C. Station, TX      70           70           67           207

T6           Lozano, Zander                 F.O. Ranch, TX    67           71           69           207

T6           Smith, Zach                        Goleta, CA           73           66           68           207

T6           Bridgeman, Jacob             Inman, SC            74           67           66           207

11           Mitchell, Malcolm            Germany, KZN    71           69           68           208

T12        Thomas, Chip                    Knoxville, TN      68           68           73           209

T12        Townsend, Gray                Dallas, TX            69           69           71           209

T12        Spencer, Andy                   P. Village, KS       68           70           71           209

T12        Vining, Tom                       Sioux Falls, SD    67           71           71           209

T12        Lee, Walker                       Houston, TX        72           68           69           209

T12        Morgan, Jediah                 H. Vale, QLD       72           67           70           209

T12        Perras, Michael                 Pasadena, TX      70           68           71           209

T12        Padgett, Wells                   Wichita, KS          72           70           67           209

T20        Barron, Haydn                   Perth, WA            71           69           70           210

T20        Salinda, Isaiah                   San Fran, CA       64           75           71           210

T20        Smith, Brandon                 Frisco, TX             67           77           66           210

T20        Lyras, John                         Sydney, NSW      69           71           70           210

T20        Hale, Blaine                       Dallas, TX            71           69           70           210

T25        Hutchins, Matt                  Naples, FL           70           65           76           211

T25        Travale, Johnathan          Victoria, BC         70           74           67           211

T25        Ullestad, Trevor                Jewell, IA             71           67           73           211

T25        Barbaree, Philip                Shreveport, LA   71           72           68           211

T25        Hillier, Charles                   Lawrence, KS      75           68           68           211

T30        Bennett, Brett                   H. Beach, CA       71           67           74           212

T30        Walker, Matthew             Ottumwa, IA       70           73           69           212

T30        Hutchison, Thomas          San Jose, CA       70           71           71           212

T33        Steyn, Marco                     Cape Town, WC 70           71           72           213

T33        Artac, Wes                         Leander, TX         70           74           69           213

T35        Sanders, Michael              Davidson, NC      69           73           72           214

T35        Lowe, Matthew                F’dale, NY            71           71           72           214

T35        Laskin, David                     Elk Grove, CA      68           72           74           214

T35        Barela, Griffin                    Lakewood, CO   73           70           71           214

T35        Piot, James                        Canton, MI          73           69           72           214

T35        Barker, Lachlan                 Willunga, SA       72           72           70           214

T35        Ieremia, Denzel                 Ames, IA              72           72           70           214

T42        Squires, Austin                   Union, KY            72           69           74           215

T42        Cress, Michael                   Columbus, OH    72           68           75           215

T42        Cummins, Quade              W’ford, OK          72           71           72           215

T42        Doyle, Ben                         La Jolla, CA         73           70           72           215

T42        Ott, AJ                                 Fort Collins, CO  73           70           72           215

T42        Majors, Draegen               Tulsa, OK             73           71           71           215

T42        Painton, Spencer              Aurora, CO          74           70           71           215

T42        Anderson, Scott                Columbus, OH    71           73           71           215

T42        Hahn, Jordan                     Spring Grove, IL 73           71           71           215

T51        Larkin, Wyatt                     Morganton, GA  74           68           74           216

T51        Sigel, Ben                           D’haven, MN      72           69           75           216

T51        Soosman, Spencer            W. Village, CA    70           73           73           216

T51        Wilcox, Sean                      Frisco, TX             71           73           72           216

T51        Hathcoat, Blake                Fresno, CA           72           72           72           216

T56        Fernandez, Ben                 Southlake, TX     72           70           75           217

T56        Williamson, Andrew         Plainview, TX      72           71           74           217

T56        Saulez, Matt                      N’ham Rd, KZN   71           73           73           217

T56        Moorman, Alex                 Centerville, IA     72           72           73           217

60           Staiano, Jake                     Cherry Hills, CO  75           69           74           218

T61        Gore, Tanner                     El Paso, TX          75           68           76           219

T61        Korte, Chris                        Littleton, CO       70           74           75           219

T61        Vandette, Chris                 Victoria, BC         69           74           76           219

T61        Casey, Riley                       Tuscola, TX         69           75           75           219

65           Gilkison, Josh                     Springboro, OH  72           72           76           220

66           Coody, Parker                   Plano, TX             71           70           80           221

67           Reichert, Ben                     Tampa, NY          69           72           81           222

———————-MISSED THE CUT———————-

               Burrows, Cody                  Chickasha, OK    72           73           145

               Callens, Peyton                 Victoria, BC         75           70           145

               Dunkle, Kyler                     Parker, CO           73           72           145

               Hitchner, Derek                 Minn’polis, MN  73           72           145

               Kinney, Tripp                      Ames, IA              70           75           145

               Mishoe, James                  Cary, NC              72           73           145

               Stevens, Sam                     Wichita, KS          70           75           145

               Wick, Josh                          Columbus, OH    73           72           145

               Cootes, Roy                       Rolling Hills, CA  75           70           145

               Fendt, Jake                         Suwanee, GA      68           77           145

               Furuya, Ryoto                    Iowa City, IA       73           72           145

               Grenus, Evan                     Glastonbury, CT 70           75           145

               Kozlowski, Jack                 Columbus, OH    72           73           145

               Seiple, Josh                        Castle Rock, CO 73           72           145

               Brereton, Darcy                Melbourne, VIC  75           71           146

               Hudson, Andrew               Fort Worth, TX   69           77           146

               Schlottman, Ben               Advance, NC       74           72           146

               Bergeron, Jacob               Slidell, LA             71           75           146

               Cox, Evan                           Ashland, KY         75           71           146

               Flavin, Patrick                    Highwood, IL      74           72           146

               Liston, Matt                       Louisville, KY       76           70           146

               Nikitas, Charlie                  Glenview, IL        75           71           146

               Ruiz, Luis                            Conway, SC         71           75           146

               Solomon, Camden            Dublin, OH           71           75           146

               Cover, Patrick                    Cornelius, NC     74           73           147

               Fredborg, Travis                Selkirk, MB          74           73           147

               Grayson, Elliott                 Shelby, NC           72           75           147

               McInroe, Travis                 Plano, TX             74           73           147

               Nome, Mason                   Houston, TX        75           72           147

               Werbylo, Trevor               Tucson, AZ          76           71           147

               Cheung, Matthew            Hong Kong, HK   70           77           147

               Johnson, Kaleb                  Naples, FL           73           74           147

               Lee, Henry                          Coquitlam, BC    74           73           147

               Morgan, David                  Naples, FL           75           72           147

               Wick, Justin                        Columbus, OH    74           73           147

               Yeom, Chris                       S. Orange, NJ      74           73           147

               Butler, Prescott                 Westbury, NY     74           74           148

               Gliege, Josh                       Eagle, ID              76           72           148

               James, Zach                       Whitesboro, TX  75           73           148

               Johnson, Tyler                   Knoxville, TN      70           78           148

               Kelley, Michael                  Westerville, OH  72           76           148

               Lowe, Logan                      G. Valley, CA       73           75           148

               Ohr, Brian                           Wheeling, IL       76           72           148

               Sargent, Billy Tom            G’town, KY          78           70           148

               Suppa, Kyle                        Honolulu, HI       72           76           148

               Walker, Andrew                Holt, MI               73           75           148

               Clark, James                      Fortson, GA         72           76           148

               Sear, Maxwell                   Unionville, ON    72           76           148

               Albin, Ben                           Santa Fe, NM      77           72           149

               Longbella, Thomas           Ch. Falls, WI        73           76           149

               Michel, Lukas                    Warragul, VIC     70           79           149

               Costello, Nicholas            Austin, TX            74           75           149

               Eklund, Jacob                    Carbondale, IL    71           78           149

               Kettler, Max                       Southlake, TX     78           71           149

               Reeves, Brad                     W’bridge, CA      75           74           149

               Yakubov, Connor              Columbus, OH    76           73           149

               Johnson, Thomas             Norman, OK        75           75           150

               Mattiace, Michael            Jacksonville, FL  75           75           150

               Murlick, Matt                    Winnetka, IL       76           74           150

               Lawson, Andrew               Dallas, TX            75           75           150

               Ramsey, Reese                  Austin, TX            75           75           150

               Grabeman, Kevin              Columbus, OH    74           77           151

               Kendziorski, Austin           G’town, WI         79           72           151

               Swanson, Josh                   Austin, TX            77           74           151

               Ishika, Koichiro                 Tempe, AZ           78           73           151

               Organisak, Matt                Sudbury, MA       74           77           151

               Tolan, Matt                        Eau Claire, WI    70           81           151

               Paxton, Easton                  Riverton, WY      76           76           152

               Woolsey, Noah                 Pleasanton, CA   75           77           152

               Luger, Thomas                  Leawood, KS       75           77           152

               Woon, U Minn                  Jacksonville, FL  79           73           152

               Tracy, Zach                        Houston, TX        76           79           155

               Connolly, Daniel               San Fran, CA       77           78           155

               Wood, Adam                     Zionsville, IN       77           79           156

               Yakubov, Evan                   Columbus, OH    76           83           159

               Elliott, Matt                       Columbus, OH    81           80           161

               Byrd, Marcus                     M’boro, TN         74           WD        WD

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