Lanier wins G Pro Tour event by a shot

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Carson Lanier shot a three-under-par 69 to finish five-under par and hold off Nathan Irvin by a stroke to win the two-day G Pro Tour tournament Wednesday at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation. The title is Lanier's first out of six events he's played this year on the G Pro Tour.

Lanier, a former Lee County and UNC Pembroke standout, made five birdies in shooting a two-under 70 on Tuesday.

He played a bogey-free round for 17 holes of the final round, making four birdies and having a three-shot lead on Irvin, of Spartanburg, S.C. Irvin birdied the 528-yard par-five No. 18 while Lanier made a six, which was good enough to win the tournament and a $2,100 check.

Lanier entered the tournament No. 13 on the tour's 2013 money list. His best finish was finishing runner-up to fellow Sanfordian Jonathan McCurry in a tournament at River HIlls Country Club in Lake Wylie, S.C. in March.

McCurry shot 74 and 73 at Olde Sycamore and finished tied for eighth.

McCurry is the top money winner for the year on the tour and has two tournament victories. He edged Lanier by a stroke at River Hills in March and won at Lake Norman's Cowans Ford Golf Club in May, shooting eight-under par in 54 holes to win by a stroke.

The next G Pro Tour event is set for Tuesday and Wednesday at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis. The tour has 19 tournaments for its year.