Andrew Beckler got quite a scare in Thursday’s opening match at the 111th Kansas Amateur, having to rally from four down early against Manhattan’s Brian Fehr.
There was no such anxiety Friday morning at Crestview Country Club in Wichita for the Topekan and No. 1 seed at the tourney.
Facing Garden City’s Sean Thayer, a savvy veteran in Kansas Amateur play and former Kansas standout, Beckler eliminated any potential for an upset right off the bat. Beckler birdied three of his first four holes and grabbed a 4-up lead on Thayer through five holes.
Fully aware of how the tables can turn after Thursday’s match with Fehr, Beckler kept his foot on the pedal. He finished the front nine with a 5-under 31 for a 6-up lead and then made birdie on his first two holes on the back nine to close out Thayer with a dominating 8&7 victory.
Beckler finished the day 7 under through 11 holes.
Beckler will return to the course in the afternoon to take on the winner of the match between Overland Park’s Daniel Gutgesell and Coffeyville’s Troy Watson. The match was tied through nine holes.
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