Giebler, Thielemier make cut; Englehart faces playoff after comeback at Missouri Amateur
HOLLISTER, Mo. — Brad Thielemier started his round Wednesday with an eagle as the Poplar Bluff golfer clawed his way back at the 113th Missouri Amateur.
Thielemier, who started the day tied for 94th, made the cut for match play with an even-par 71 at the Ozarks National Golf Course.
Brevin Giebler of Cape Girardeau earned the No. 50 seed as the only other area golfer to make the cut while Jackson’s Case Englehart was in a group of 10 tied for 58th and needing a playoff to determine the final seven spots.
Englehart jump from 139th with a 2-under 68 round that also featured an eagle on the par-5 seventh.
Match play in the 64-player tournament starts Thursday and ends Sunday with a 36-hole final.
Thielemier will face Patrick Britt of St. Louis, who shot even-par both days and is the 11th seed, at 9:48 a.m. while Giebler plays at 10:42 a.m. against Jake Mikesch of St. Joseph, the 15th seed who shot 70 and 73.
Alex Locke of Springfield earned medalist honors and the top seed with an 8-under 134. His three-shot lead after the first round was enough to hold off Columbia’s Jack Parker, who finished at 138 with a pair of 69 rounds.
In all, eight players finished the two-day, 36-hold tournament under par while four more were at even-par 142.
Thielemier shot an opening-round 78 with just one birdie on the par-5 ninth. He made the turn Wednesday at 1-under and was 2-under after 14 holes.
After starting with an eagle, Thielemier had a bogey on the second and fifth holes for a second straight day. He rebounded with consecutive birdies on the par-3 sixth and par-5 seventh before a bogey on the par-3 eighth. A birdie on the par-5 11th got Thielemier 2-under on the day but a double-bogey, his only of the tournament, on No. 15 sent him back to even.
Thielemier ended up as the 54th seed in a group of eight tied at 7-over 149.
Englehart started the day birdie-birdie and was 2-under at the turn with bogeys on a pair of par-3 holes. He got to 3-under twice after birdies on the par-5 11th and par-4 14th but had bogeys two holes later each time. He rebounded each time with a birdie, the final one the par-3 17th.
Englehart shot 82 in the opening round with six pars and three birdies, all on par-5 holes.
Carson Silliman and Bob Lents, both of Jackson, missed the playoff by a shot at 151.
Lents was 3-over after four holes but got a birdie on the par-5 seventh, where he carded an eagle in the first round. After a bogey to start the back 9, Lents had pars the rest of the way.
Silliman was 2-over for the day at the turn despite eight pars. He had bogeys on 10, 12 and 16 but got birdies on the par-4 13th and 18th.
Giebler, Lents and Silliman each started the day tied for 77th after shooting 77.
Kent Phillips, of Cape Girardeau, finished at 10-over 152 with a 73 that featured two birdies and 13 pars.
Dexter’s Brian Whitson shot 78 for a 157 while Martin Whitson shot 82 to finish at 160.
Oran’s Adam Friga had a birdie during his round of 80 to finish at 161.
Poplar Bluff’s Bobby Godwin improved by two shots from his first round with an 80 that featured three birdies in his first seven holes to go with eight pars. He finished tied at 162 with five others.
Jackson’s Bob Englehart finished at 165 with a birdie in both rounds.
David Babcock, of Cape Girardeau, ended up at 170 following a first-round 79.
Jackson’s Troy Bell improved his score in the second round to finish at 173.
Neill Pullum, of Essex, shot 89 for a second day with a pair of birdies to finish at 178.