The Missouri Golf Association is conducting its 113th Missouri Amateur Championship at Ozarks National Golf Course in Hollister today through Sunday. This year’s field is made up of 172 players from across the state, all hoping to see their name engraved on the Amateur trophy among Missouri’s best players including Payne Stewart and Tom Watson.
This years Missouri Amateur will be conducted for the first time ever at the Coore & Crenshaw designed course, Ozarks National Golf Course in Hollister, Missouri. The Missouri Golf Association is excited to partner with Ozarks National Golf Course to crown a new Missouri Amateur Champion.
The Missouri Amateur Championship will have six past winners in the 2020 field. Brad Nurski, (St. Joseph) who is the most recent 3-time champion (2010, 2017, 2018) along with Skip Berkmeyer (St Louis 1999, 2009, 2011). Also returning to the field are, Wayne Fredrick (Springfield 1996), Matt Murray (Overland Park 1997), Sam Midgal (St. Louis 2016), and 2019 champion, Walker Kesterson (Ashland).
Walker Kesterson was asked about his experience at the Missouri Amateur, he said, “It’s a fun week every time I go, they choose the best golf courses throughout the state, and it’s the first big tournament that I get to defend.” Kesterson also talked a little bit about the grind of the Missouri Amateur Championship, he said, ”It’s a 7 day golf tournament, the better you play, the longer you stay and get to play a cool golf course. It takes a lot of stamina and concentration, learning how to handle nerves was one of my biggest takeaways from last year.”
The youngest player that will be attending the 2020 Missouri Amateur is Max Bowman (Springfield) at age 15. Bowman qualified for the Missouri Amateur at Millwood Golf and RC, where he shot a 74. The oldest and long-time competitor at the Missouri Amateur is Ron Eilers of Columbia at age 69. Eilers qualified for the Missouri Amateur at Jefferson City Country Club where he shot a 73.
Skip Berkmeyer (St. Louis) will be the player at the Missouri Amateur with the best winning record at 53-14. However, Brad Nurski (St. Joseph) holds the highest winning percentage at 79.54%.
There are many father/son duos that will be making an appearance at the Missouri Amateur. These include Kory and Max Bowman (Springfield), Case and Bob Englehart (Jackson), Chase and John Gafner (Springfield), Alex and David Strickland (St. Louis), Cole and Harry Roberts (St. Joseph) Marvin and Brian Whitson (Dexter) and Brad and Jaxon Nurski (St. Joseph).
Practice rounds for the tournament will start at 7 am on the morning of June 22nd. The first official day of play will begin on Tuesday, the 23rd, with 18-hole stroke play rounds. Wednesday, the 24th, will be the same format. After the first two rounds, the field will be cut down to the top 64 players. Any ties for 64th place will be determined in an immediate hole-by-hole play-off. Thursday will mark the start of 18-hole match play competition with the Round of 64. Two 18-hole rounds will be played on Friday in the morning, round of 32 and afternoon round of 16. On Saturday, the remaining eight players will compete in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. Championship Sunday will consist of the final two players fighting for the title of Missouri Amateur Champion through 36-hole match play round. The Missouri Golf Association invites the public to come out to watch and enjoy the Missouri Amateur Championship.
The Missouri Golf Association is excited to determine a 2020 Missouri Amateur Champion and we look forward to creating a great experience for all players!
Follow the action online at mogolf.org and @missourigolf on social media. Live scoring will be available during the entire championship online and on Twitter to keep followers up-to-date.