ST. LOUIS — Three former Quincy men’s city golf champions reached the match play portion of the 115th Missouri Amateur Championship.
The last one in was the last one standing.
Alex McCulla, the Illinois State University sophomore and 2019 city champion, turned his victory in the last-chance qualifier into a spot in the third round of match play at iconic Bellerive Country Club.
After tying for 37th at 6-over 150 by shooting a 1-over 73 in the second round of stroke plate, McCulla beat High Ridge’s Zach Shirley 2 & 1, holding the lead over the final 11 holes.
He then beat Curtis Brokenbrow of St. Louis 2 & 1 in the second round.
McCulla was eliminated in the round of 16 by Columbia’s Yuta Tsai 5 and 4.
Quincy’s Adam Pfeiffer, an eight-time city champion, also tied for 37th in stroke play, shooting a 6-over 150 after opening with a 1-over 73. Pfeiffer beat Kansas City’s Warren Crow in the opening round of match play in 23 holes. Crow won the 17th hole to tie the match, but Pfeiffer made birdie on the fifth extra hole.
He lost to Columbia’s Hunter Parrish 2 & 1 as Parrish led the final 13 holes.
Palmyra’s Ryan Schuenke, the 2015 city champion, tied for 10th in the stroke play portion of the event, shooting back-to-back rounds of even-par 72. However, Schuenke lost his opening match 4 & 3 to Parrish.
The championship match is being played Saturday.
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