2017 Missouri Amateur Championship

June 20-25
St. Joseph Country Club

Pairings Results

 

Championship Final Round
by Eli Schnieders, MGA Communications Intern

2017 Missouri Amateur

The 36-hole championship match of the Missouri Amateur Championship began today at the St. Joseph Country Club. The stage was set for two previous champions. Sam Migdal, the 2016 Missouri Amateur champion and 2015 NCAA Division II Individual National Champion, took Brad Nurski, the 2010 Missouri Amateur champion and St. Joseph native. The last time two previous Missouri Amateur champions faced one another was back at the St. Joseph Country Club in 2009 between Skip Berkmeyer and Justin Bardgett. Berkmeyer went on to claim the 2009 title.

The morning session began with Nurski taking a quick lead, going 1 up with a birdie putt. He held the lead until the 4th hole where Migdal made his par putt to take the match to all square. The morning session continued to go back and forth between Nurski in the lead and Migdal taking it back to all square. Nurski held the lead until Migdal completed an impressive birdie putt to put him 1 up through the 33rd hole.

The last three holes where crucial for both Migdal and Nurski. Spectators at the St. Joseph Country Club and those tuning in online eagerly watched the final minutes unfold in front of them. On hole 34, Nurski brought the match to all square after chipping in for birdie. He didn’t stop there. He managed to take back the lead on hole 35 after making a par putt, going 1 up. On hole 36, both Nurski and Migdal’s tee shots landed on the middle of the fairway. Nurski’s second shot put him just short of the green and Migdal’s placed him in the left bunker near the green. Nurski went on to hit his third chip shot, nearly 6 feet away from the cup. Migdal’s sand shot went past the hole and Nurski made the birdie putt to take the championship 2 up. Both golfers had great short game all day, but Nurski’s allowed him to capture the 2017 Missouri Amateur Championship.

When asked what makes his second time so special, Nurski said, “I get to do it at home in front of everybody. I get to do it in front of my family, my dad, my wife, kids and buddies. It means the world to be able to do it at home. It’s really hard to win at home and I got it done.”

Migdal and Nurski will be playing on the same team in the Midwest Cup at the end of July.

After a long grueling week of fierce competition, both men should be applauded for their strong effort. Both players withstood a competitive week, a difficult golf course and an exceptionally strong field. Congratulations to the 2017 Missouri Amateur Champion and two-time winner, Brad Nurski!

The Missouri Golf Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf throughout the State of Missouri. The MGA conducts several statewide championships each year, including the Missouri Amateur. The MGA distributes an annual schedule of tournament events and entry forms for each event. Provides advice and information for golf, handicap and rules chairpersons, and provides educational seminars.

 
Quarterfinal/Semifinal Rounds
by Eli Schnieders, MGA Communications Intern

2017 Missouri Amateur

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

St. Joseph Country Club

Golfers competed in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of Match Play at the 110th Annual Missouri Amateur Championship today at the St. Joseph Country Club. Four matches took place with players all fighting for a spot in the afternoon semifinal matches.

The first match had the defending champion Sam Migdal facing the St. Charles native and University of Missouri St. Louis golfer, Kyle Szyhowski. Migdal got off to a quick start and remained up until the 13th hole where Szyhowski made birdie to make the match all square. Both players parred the next hole. Migdal went on to make par on hole 15 and 16 to go dormie before taking the quarterfinal match 2&1 after both players parred hole 17.

The next match featured Shawn Cook and Alex Ciaramitaro. Similar to the previous match, Cook took the lead from the start until Ciaramitaro had an impressive eagle on hole 11 to put the match at all square. Both players parred hole 12 just before Ciaramitaro advanced, going 1 up on Cook. After taking his first lead of the day, Ciaramitaro wasn’t ready to give it up. He finished the match 1 up, advancing him to the semifinal round.

Previous Missouri Amateur Champion Brad Nurski (2010) faced Tristan Haltom in the third match of the morning quarterfinal round. Nurski remained on top the entire match, taking the win 5&4.

The final match of the morning featured Brevin Giebler and Ryan Eckelkamp. The match remained all square through the first three holes until Eckelkamp went 1 up after a birdy on hole 4. Giebler took his first lead on hole 8 and kept it through the match, beating Eckelkamp 3&1.

The afternoon semifinals began when Alex Ciaramitaro took Sam Migdal. Ciaramitaro took a quick lead and the match went back and forth through the first eight holes, however, Migdal was quick to take the lead in his favor when he went 1 up through 9 holes. He stayed up and took the semifinal match 4&2.

The final match of the day was between Brad Nurski and Brevin Giebler. In a tightly contested match throughout, Giebler took the lead on the 5th hole to go 1 up on the match. It went back to all square on the 8th before Nurski took back the lead in the 15th to go 1 up over Giebler. He remained one up to win the match and advance to the championship round.

The championship match tomorrow between Sam Migdal and Brad Nurski will commence at 9 A.M. at the St. Joseph Country Club. They will play 36 holes. Follow live scoring online at mogolf.org and on Twitter @missourigolf.

The Missouri Golf Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf throughout the State of Missouri. The MGA conducts several statewide championships each year, including the Missouri Amateur. The MGA distributes an annual schedule of tournament events and entry forms for each event. Provides advice and information for golf, handicap and rules chairpersons, and provides educational seminars.

 

Round of 32/16
by Eli Schnieders, MGA Communications Intern

2017 Missouri Amateur

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

St. Joseph Country Club

The Missouri Golf Association hosted the second day of Match Play at the St. Joseph Country Club today. Players competed in the Round of 32 in the morning followed by the Round of 16 in the afternoon.

One of the most intriguing matches of the morning Round of 32 was that of former Missouri Amateur Champions Brad Nurski (2010) and Don Walsworth (1985). After the 12th hole, Nurski took the match 6&5. Nurski continued the day, facing Brady Dixon in the Round of 16. He managed to take his second match of the day 4 & 3.

All eyes were once again on defending champion, Sam Migdal, from Ballwin, as he won 1 up in the Round of 32 against Connor Neil, from Joplin. In the afternoon Round of 16, Migdal had 12 pars out of the 14 holes played, beating Jay Gregory 5&4.

Players went back and forth all day, especially between Connor Knabe, from Kansas State University, and Brad Carpenter, from Missouri State University. Carpenter was up the majority of the match, going into the 18th hole 1 up. Knabe came up to make the par putt on hole 18 to make it all square and move to extra holes. Both players parred 19, 20 and 21, but on the 22nd hole, Carpenter’s tee shot landed in the bunker while Knabe’s landed on the green. Carpenter had a great sand shot, however, he left his par putt just short of the hole. Knabe went on to take par and win the match 22 holes.

Steve Groom, a Raytown native, and Alex Springer, from Olathe, dueled back and forth during the morning Round of 32. Springer was up the entire front 9 until Groom took over on the back 9. Groom was 1 up going into 18 until Springer was on in 3 and made his par putt to advance to extra holes. Groom gave Springer one more opportunity, however, Groom won their final hole and advanced to Round of 16. Ryan Eckelkamp, from Washington, went on to beat Groom 1 up in the Round of 16.

Those playing in tomorrow’s quarterfinal round include, Sam Migdal (Ballwin), Kyle Szyhowski (St. Charles), Shawn Cook (Hamilton), Brad Nurski (St. Joseph), Brevin Giebler (Cape Girardeau), Alex Ciaramitaro (St. Charles), Tristan Haltom (Thornfield), and Ryan Eckelkamp (Washington).

The quarterfinals and the semifinals will both be played tomorrow with a tee time set for 8:30 A.M. Follow live scoring online at mogolf.org and on Twitter @missourigolf.

The Missouri Golf Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf throughout the State of Missouri. The MGA conducts several statewide championships each year, including the Missouri Amateur. The MGA distributes an annual schedule of tournament events and entry forms for each event. Provides advice and information for golf, handicap and rules chairpersons, and provides educational seminars.

 

Round of 64
by Eli Schnieders, MGA Communications Intern

2017 Missouri Amateur

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

St. Joseph Country Club

Golfers faced one another in the round of 64 Match Play today at the 110th Annual Missouri Amateur Championship in St. Joseph. To qualify for today’s first round of Match Play, players had to score a combined total of 151 during the previous rounds of Stroke Play earlier this week. The sunny sky and warm temperature set the stage for what would be another exciting round of competition.

The day began at 8:00 A.M. with Sam Migdal, defending Amateur champion, and Carter Tumminia playing one another. Both Migdal and Tumminia are University of Central Missouri golfers. Migdal won his match 2 and 1. Other previous Missouri Amateur champions who won their match today include Brad Nurski, who defeated Nicholas Rehmer 2 and 1, and Don Walsworth going 1 up over Dylan Bekemeier.

An impressive performance came from Chris Martin, a Rolla native, who competed against Dawson Meek and captured the match 2 and 1 with an albatross on hole 17 (par 5).

“I thought if I could get one just short of the green, make a birdie and stay 1 up. I pulled a six iron; hit it as high as I could and as hard as I could. I aimed for the right side of the green and the wind grabbed it. It hit the front of the green and rolled in the cup.”

Action resumes at the St. Joseph Country Club with the Round of 32 set for 8:00 A.M, and the round of 16 set at 1:30 P.M. Be sure to follow all of the action online at mogolf.org. For the most up-to-date information and scores follow @missourigolf on social media.

The Missouri Golf Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf throughout the State of Missouri. The MGA conducts several statewide championships each year, including the Missouri Amateur. The MGA distributes an annual schedule of tournament events and entry forms for each event. Provides advice and information for golf, handicap and rules chairpersons, and provides educational seminars.

 
Round 2 Amateur
by Eli Schnieders, MGA Communications Intern

2017 Missouri Amateur

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

St. Joseph Country Club

The Missouri Amateur Championship continued today with day two of Stroke Play. The day kicked off with another morning wave of players teeing off at 7:30 followed by the afternoon round at 12:15. Some of the leaders, including defending champion Sam Migdal, from Ballwin, and Brad Nurski, a St. Joseph native, found themselves continuing to earn the leading scores after another successful day on the course. Players faced an intense 90-degree heat today with 15 mph winds on and off throughout the day.

Sam Migdal leads in Stroke Play and completed the day with an impressive 65 (6 under) and a combined score of 134 (69-65). He totaled six birdies for the day, tallying two more than yesterday. Brad Nurski finished with a notable five birdies and two bogeys, shooting another 68. Nurski and Jim Siegfried are tied for second place with a two-day total of 136. Siegfried completed stroke play with two birdies from day one and four birdies and an eagle on day two.

Travis Mays, from Overland Park, Kansas, currently holds fourth place finishing with a 137 after shooting 70 yesterday and 67 today. He completed today’s Stroke Play with five birdies and one eagle.

Tomorrow will mark the beginning of the first round of Match Play with a tee time set at 8:00 A.M. To make the cut, players had to card a total of 151. Of the ten players with 151, nine advanced to the cut of 64. 15-year-old, Dawson Meek, from Ozark, will be the youngest player on the field along with Gerald Siemons, from Jefferson City, as the oldest. Previous Missouri Amateur champions who made the cut include Sam Migdal, Brad Nurski and Don Walsworth.

The Missouri Golf Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf throughout the State of Missouri. The MGA conducts several statewide championships each year, including the Missouri Amateur. The MGA distributes an annual schedule of tournament events and entry forms for each event. Provides advice and information for golf, handicap and rules chairpersons, and provides educational seminars.

 
Round 1 Amateur
by Eli Schnieders, MGA Communications Intern

2017 Missouri Amateur

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

St. Joseph Country Club

Today marks the start of the 110th Annual Missouri Amateur Championship at the St. Joseph Country Club. The Missouri Golf Association kicked off the first day of the tournament with 147 players competing for the Amateur title.

The day began with the morning round of golfers teeing off at 7:30 and the afternoon round beginning at 12:15. The morning round included previous Missouri Amateur champions Scott Thomas (1992) and Don Walsworth (1985), and the afternoon round welcomed Sam Migdal (2016) and Brad Nurski (2010).

Brad Nurski, a St. Joseph native, took the lead in day one of stroke play, carding 68 (3 under). Following Nurski, James Henderson (Overland Park), Chris Martin (Rolla), Sam Migdal (Ballwin), Jim Siegfried (St. Louis) and Brett Windsor (Boonville) tied for second, all shooting 69.  Travis Mays (Overland Park) and Chad Niezing (Manchester) tied for third with a 70. Connor Knabe (Leawood), Lane Jackson (Wentzville), Kaden Macha (Iola) and Alex Springer (Olathe) shot even par at 71.

Nurski had a successful day with an eagle, three birdies and two bogeys.

After being asked about his home field advantage, Nurski said, “I wouldn’t call it a home field advantage, but rather a little more course knowledge. A little course knowledge never hurts anybody. I putted pretty good today and that kept me in the game on the back nine, which kept my score under par.”

Sam Migdal, the defending Amateur champion, completed the day with a 69 (2 under).  He tallied four birdies and two bogeys for the day.

“I’ve played here a bunch for college tournaments, so I knew to stay patient and take my birdies when I can.”

When asked if being the 2016 champion influences his play this year, he said, “No, it’s a long week so I’m just trying to stay energized.”

Day two of the 2017 Missouri Amateur Championship will begin at 7:30 a.m. with another morning and afternoon round of stroke play. To stay up-to-date with the scorings throughout the day, please visit mogolf.org and follow @missourigolf on all social media platforms.

The Missouri Golf Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf throughout the State of Missouri. The MGA conducts several statewide championships each year, including the Missouri Amateur. The MGA distributes an annual schedule of tournament events and entry forms for each event. Provides advice and information for golf, handicap and rules chairpersons, and provides educational seminars.

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