Area golfers look to make cut at 113th Missouri Amateur

HOLLISTER, Mo. — Area golfers will be need to be on the move Wednesday during the final round of stroke play at the 113th Missouri Amateur.

None of the players from Southeast Missouri are in the top 64 following Tuesday’s opening round at the Ozarks National Golf Course.

The field will be seeded for match play following the 36-hole tournament.

Brevin Giebler, of Cape Girardeau, Carson Silliman and Bob Lents, both of Jackson, were tied for 77th in a group of 18 players that were within a shot of the cut after rounds of 6-over-par 77.

Only 11 of the 172 golfers broke par and seven more finished at even-par 71.

Alex Locke of Springfield took a three-shot lead with a 5-under 66 that featured seven birdies and bogeys on a pair of par-3 holes.

Chad Niezing of Manchester, Columbia’s Jack Parker and Clayton Larsen of Aurora each shot 2-under 69 and are tied for second.

Brad Thielemier of Poplar Bluff is tied for 94th at 7-over 78. He had nine pars and a birdie on the 549-yard, par-5 ninth.

Dexter’s Martin Whitson shot 7-over 78 with 12 pars to tie for 94th while Brian Whitson was a shot back tied for 107th after 10 pars and a birdie on the par-3 10th.

Bobby Godwin of Poplar Bluff had a birdie on the par-3 second hole with eight pars. He was 6-over before running into trouble on the par-4 16th.

Neill Pullum, of Essex, was 1-over on the back 9 with birdies on the par-5 11th and par-3 17th but carded just three pars on the front 9 and finished at 18-over 89 to tie for 164th.

Lents got an eagle on the 543-yard, par-5 seventh to go with birdies on the par-5 ninth and par-3 17th.

Giebler, who won the area qualifier at Westwood Hills Country Club, had two birdies and 10 pars.

Silliman, who advanced to the quarterfinals at the MGA Junior Match Play Championships last week, had birdies on the par-3 second and par-5 ninth holes to go with 10 pars for a 77.

Kent Phillips of Cape Girardeau played the back 9 at 2-over and finished with 13 pars for an 8-over 79 and is tied for 107th along with David Babcock, who had a birdie on the par-5 seventh and 13 pars.

Oran’s Adam Friga (10-over 81) and Jackson’s Bob Englehart (10-over 81) are tied for 126th while Case Englehart (11-over 82) is tied for 139th and Troy Bell (18-over 89) is tied for 164th.

The field, which features six former champions, averaged 77.78 strokes, including defending champion Walker Kesterson of Ashland at 6-over 77.

Follow the live scoring from the tournament here.

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