BOLIVAR — Three Jefferson City golfers and one from Eldon qualified Tuesday for the match-play portion of the Missouri Golf Association Junior Match Play Championship at Silo Ridge Golf & Country Club.
Jefferson City's Michael Davidson and Alex Gentry advanced in the boys division, while Jefferson City's Greta Hinds and Eldon's Kassidy Hull are still alive in the girls division.
Only the top 16 boys and top 16 girls advanced following Tuesday's final qualifying round of stroke play. The event began with 112 golfers: 83 boys and 29 girls.
Davidson, who was the Day 1 leader for the boys, dropped to fourth place overall after shooting a 4-over 76 on Tuesday. He carded an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole and also had 11 pars and six bogeys on his scorecard.
Davidson's two-round total was a 1-over 145. Chesterfield's Jack Guyot was the two-round leader with a 2-under 142, followed by defending champion Presten Richardson of Miller, who tallied a 1-under 143. Columbia's Christian Rischer was third with an even-par 144.
Gentry was tied for 10th after Day 1, but he shot a 1-over 73 on Tuesday to move up to a tie for sixth with a 4-over 148. Gentry recorded six birdies in his second round, along with six pars, five bogeys and one double-bogey.
In the boys division, there was a four-way tie for 16th place at the cut, which was a 10-over 154. Ian Davis of Makanda won the playoff for the final spot in the match play bracket.
Jefferson City's Arch Schnieders and Drew Higgins fell short of the cut, each posting a two-round total of 14-over 158 to tie for 26th place. Schnieders shot a 6-over 78 on Tuesday with three birdies and eight pars, while Higgins carded a 9-over 81 with two birdies and six pars.
Eldon's Aidan Wells also missed the cut, tying for 42nd place with a 20-over 164. He shot an 81 on Tuesday with one birdie and eight pars.
Ashland's Jacob Anderson finished in 73rd place with a 42-over 186. He had a 97 in his second round, which featured three pars and nine bogeys.
In the girls division, Hinds finished alone in sixth place with a two-round score of 12-over 156. She posted a 7-over 79 on Tuesday, recording two birdies, eight pars, seven bogeys and one double-bogey.
Hull tied for 13th place with a 15-over 159, making the cut by five strokes. She shot an 8-over 80 in her second round with two birdies, eight pars, six bogeys and two double-bogeys.
Drew Nienhaus of St. Albans had the lowest two-round qualifying round score in the girls division with a 2-over 146. Kansas City's Abby Howard was second with a 3-over 147, followed by Jackson's Taryn Overstreet with a 4-over 148. Columbia's Audrey Rischer, the defending champion, was fourth with a 5-over 149.
Jefferson City's Camryn Swinfard missed the cut, placing 25th with a 36-over 180. She shot an 87 on Tuesday with seven pars and eight bogeys.
Wardsville's Elliott Hull also missed the cut, finishing 27th with a 50-over 194. Hull carded a 98 in her second round with three pars and nine bogeys.
Match play begins today with the round of 16. Winners from the morning round will advance to the afternoon's quarterfinal matches. Seeds are based on the final scores from the qualifying round.
In the boys' round of 16, Davidson, the No. 4 seed, will be paired against Shelbina's Kanon Kendrick, while Gentry, the No. 6 seed, will go against Kansas City's Daniel Duffin.
In the girls' round of 16, Hinds, the No. 6 seed, will be paired against Carl Junction's Jenna Teeter, while Kassidy Hull, the No. 14 seed, will face Overstreet.
The Junior Match Play Championship will conclude Thursday with the semifinal and championship rounds.