Wirth, Souchek fall short of qualifying for amateur championship

Steven Souchek of Columbia holds up the John A. Logan NJCCA Region 24 title trophy after placing eighth overall at the outing, advancing to the national tournament at the end of the school year. (submitted photo)

Columbia native and recent John A. Logan College graduate Steven Souchek has consistently come out strong in his last two major career golf outings.

Just a few weeks ago, Souchek led the way after the first day of the National Junior College Division II Golf Tournament, on pace to finish his JUCO career strong before moving on to play at Southern Illinois University Carbondale next year.

This past week, Souchek carded an even-par 69 Tuesday and stood alone in the second place spot after the opening round of the 2013 United States Amateur Public Links Championship qualifier at Clinton Hill Golf Club.

John Wirth III participates in the Monroe County Tournament in the fall for Waterloo. (Kermit Constantine photo)

But just like the NJCAA championship tournament a few weeks ago, where he carded an 81 to finish in the 12th spot, Souchek struggled to defend his top qualifying rank and finished Wednesday with a 77 — a final two-day score of eight-over-par.

Waterloo’s John Wirth III also participated in the amateur tourney and finished with the third best second round score of a plus-one 68. The recent John A. Logan College commit’s total two-round score of 144 landed Wirth just three spots away from qualifying in fifth place.

To view the complete tournament results, click here.

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