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The Missouri Golf Association is conducting its 113th Missouri Amateur Championship at Ozarks National Golf Course in Hollister through today. 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.
Championship Sunday will consist of the final two players fighting for the title of Missouri Amateur Champion through 36-hole match play round. Live scoring will be available during the entire championship online and on Twitter to keep followers up-to-date.