Giebler falls in match play at 113th 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 won three straight holes to take the lead midway through his second round match Friday at the 113th Missouri Amateur.

But the Cape Girardeau golfer lost the next two holes and was knocked out by Nicholas Sheppard of Springfield, 2 up at the Ozarks National Golf Course.

Giebler needed a birdie on the par-3 17th to extend the match but Sheppard got a birdie of his own on 18 to end it.

Giebler earned a 2 and 1 victory over then No. 15 seed, Jake Mikesch of St. Joseph, on Thursday in the opening round.

Sheppard, the No. 47 seed, also pulled off a first-round upset with a 2-and-1 victory. He will face No. 2 seed Jack Parker of Columbia in the Round of 16.

Top-seed Alex Locke of Springfield lost 1 up to the No. 33 seed, Logan Smith of La Plata. Only five of the top 10 reached the Round of 16.

Giebler started his match with a birdie but Sheppard pulled even on the par-4 third and went ahead with a birdie on the par-4 fourth.

A par by Giebler on the par-3 eighth tied the match and he pulled ahead with a birdie on the par-5 ninth. Another par on No. 10 put Giebler 2 up.

Sheppard rebounded with a birdie on the next hole, the par-5 11th and evened the match at the par-3 12th.

Both players had pars over the next two holes heading to the par-4 15th tied. Sheppard won the hole with a par and took the par-4 16th with another for a 2-up lead.

The tournament continues through Sunday’s 36-hole final.

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