SUNRISE BEACH — Jefferson City’s Archer Schnieders continued his stay into the Round of 32 on Thursday at the 114th annual Missouri Amateur Championship at The Club at Porto Cima.
Schnieders, the No. 48 seed in the 64-player field, began the match play portion of the Missouri Amateur with a 4-and-2 win against St. Louis’ Nathan McCutcheon, who finished the stroke play portion as the No. 17 seed.
Schnieders reached the turn with a 3-up lead, winning back-to-back holes on the third and fourth and adding another win on the seventh hole.
The two players traded wins on the first four holes to start the back nine, then Schnieders clinched the match with a birdie on the par-3 16th hole to move on to today’s Round of 32.
Schnieders advances to play the No. 16 seed, Christopher Ferris of St. Louis. The pairing will be the second of 16 groups to tee off this morning at 8:09 a.m.
The winner advances to face either top-seeded Thomas Henson of Hermann or No. 33 Sam Migdal of St. Louis in the Round of 16 this afternoon.
Alex Gentry’s stay at the Missouri Amateur came to an end Thursday, as Hank Lierz of St. Joseph won their Round of 64 match 1-up.
Gentry, the No. 56 seed from Jefferson City, won the first hole, as well as the seventh and ninth holes. The two were all square at the turn, but Lierz — the No. 9 seed — won the 10th and 15th holes to take a 2-up lead with three holes to play.
Gentry won the 16th hole with a par to cut Lierz’s lead to 1-up, but the two halved the final two holes.
Lierz advances to play No. 24 Alex Locke of Springfield in the Round of 32.