BOLIVAR — The week began with 112 golfers. Now, it's down to eight.
But the week is officially finished for the last four remaining Jefferson City area golfers, who lost their matches Wednesday in the round of 16 in the Missouri Golf Association Junior Match Play Championship at Silo Ridge Golf & Country Club.
Jefferson City's Michael Davidson, who held the lead after Day 1 of qualifying and entered match play in the boys division with the No. 4 seed, lost 4-and-2 to Shelbina's Kanon Kendrick, the No. 13 seed.
Davidson led 1-up through seven holes, but Kendrick went on to win back-to-back holes to take the lead, then finished the match by winning the 12th, 13th, 15th and 16th holes.
Jefferson City's Alex Gentry had the No. 6 seed after two days of qualifying. He dropped his round of 16 matchup to Kansas City's Daniel Duffin 4-and-3.
Gentry won the second hole to take a 1-up advantage, but he would win just two more holes the rest of the match. Duffin, the No. 11 seed, won the fourth, fifth and sixth holes to take the lead for good, adding four more holes won on the back nine.
In the girls division, Jefferson City's Greta Hinds also held the No. 6 seed, but she lost 1-up to the No. 11 seed, Carl Junction's Jenna Teeter.
Hinds won the eighth hole to tie a 1-up lead into the turn. In a back-and-forth match that featured four lead swings, Hinds won back-to-back holes on the 14th and 15th to take a 1-up advantage, but Teeter made it all square by winning the 16th. Teeter claimed victory with a par on the 18th, the fourth hole she won on the back nine.
Eldon's Kassidy Hull entered match play as the No. 14 seed. She lost 2-and-1 to Jackson's Taryn Overstreet in the round of 16.
Hull never led in the match, but came away with wins on the eighth, 14th and 15th holes.
The Match Play Championship will conclude today, starting with the semifinal matches in the morning. On the boys side, No. 2 seed Presten Richardson will face No. 3 Christian Rischer, while No. 8 Dawson Meek will go against Kendrick.
For the girls, it will be Taryn Overstreet against No. 7 Emree Cameron in one semifinal and No. 4 Audrey Rischer against No. 9 Ella Overstreet in the other.
The semifinal winners will play in the championship matches in the afternoon. Richardson is the defending boys champion, while Audrey Rischer is the defending girls champion.