A Blue Springs golfer made a strong late push to claim a top-10 finish in the Missouri Stroke Play Championship.
Evan Monheiser, a Blue Springs resident and a former all-state golfer at St. Mary’s High School, finished in a tie for seventh place with a 1-under-par 283 total for the Missouri Golf Association’s three-day, four-round tournament at Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield.
Monheiser, after an opening-round 76 Monday, fired an even-par 71 Tuesday to make the cut of the top 50 and ties for the final two rounds on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, he fired the second-lowest score in the morning round with a 4-under 67, including a 4-under 31 on the front nine. He followed that with a 2-under 69 in the afternoon round – with a string of six birdies and two bogeys in an eight-hole stretch starting on No. 7 – to tie for seventh after starting the tournament in 49th place.
Monheiser finished 13 strokes off the blistering pace set by champion Vernon Carr of Poplar Bluff, who shot 66 and 67 Wednesday to finish at 14-under, six strokes better than runner-up Joe Migdal of Ballwin, Mo.
Wilson Sundvold, a University of Missouri golfer and son of former Blue Springs High School and Mizzou basketball great Jon Sundvold, tied for ninth at 284, a stroke behind Monheiser.
Taylor Schick of Grain Valley, a Blue Springs graduate, failed to make the cut after Tuesday's round.