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Giebler advances to Round of 32 at Missouri Amateur

Brevin Giebler, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., hits a drive off the No. 9 tee at Westwood Hills Country Club during a qualifier for the Missouri Amateur on June 3, 2020, in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
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HOLLISTER, Mo. — Brevin Giebler advanced to the second round of match play at the 113th Missouri Amateur.

The Cape Girardeau golfer earned a 2 and 1 victory over Jake Mikesch of St. Joseph on Thursday at the Ozarks National Golf Course.

Jackson’s Case Englehart survived a 10-player playoff for the final seven spots to earn the 63rd seed in the 64-player field after climbing from 139th place with a 2-under 68 round Wednesday.

Englehart lost 6 and 5 to Jack Parker of Columbia, the No. 2 seed.

Poplar Bluff’s Brad Thielemier couldn’t make up ground in his opening match, losing 6 and 5 to Patrick Britt of St. Louis, after moving up 40 spots over the final round of the qualifying tournament a day earlier.

Giebler pulled off the upset against the No. 15 seed by making pars on the five holes he won. Mikesch won two of his three holes with birdies.

The two were tied at the turn when Giebler pulled ahead by taking the par-4 10th with a par. His par on the par-3 12th was enough to take the hole for a 2-up lead but Mikesch responded with a birdie on the par-4 13th.

Both players had bogeys on the next two holes but Giebler was able to win the par-4 16th with a par. He closed out the match with a bogey.

Giebler will face Nicholas Sheppard of Springfield, the 47 seed who upset Clayton Larsen of Aurora 1-up.

Englehart lost the first hole despite a birdie as Parker got an eagle on the par-5 hole. Parker added to his lead on the par-4 fifth and won No. 7 with a birdie to go 3-up.

Parker won the first three holes on the back 9 with pars then closed out the match with a par on No. 13.

Englehart didn’t win a hole while halving seven, six with pars. He played the front 9 at 1-over a day after his 2-under start that featured an eagle on No. 7.

In the final round of stroke play, Thielemier shot 1-under on the front 9 to start his comeback bid after starting the day tied for 94th. He earned the No. 54 seed for match play.

Thielemier’s match against Britt started much like his opening round, which featured four bogeys over the first six holes.

Britt, the No. 11 seed, won the first four holes with pars and used consecutive birdies in building a six-hole lead at the turn.

Britt won the par-5 first hole, where Thielemier recorded an eagle the previous day, then won the par-3 second and par-4 third and fourth holes with pars. After each player recorded par, Thielemier won his first hole with a birdie to cut Britt’s lead to 3 up.

Britt won the next three holes with birdies on the par-5 seventh and par-3 eighth before a par on the par-5 ninth.

Thielemier got a hole back on 11 but Britt won the next hole, the 213-yard par-3 12th, with a bogey. He then closed out the match.

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