Men’s Amateur News Coverage

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Nick Westrich wins the MGA 113th Missouri Amateur Championship at Ozarks National Golf Course 

Hollister, Mo (June 29, 2020) Nick Westrich of Farmington is the 113th Champion of the Missouri State Amateur Championship. He joins an elite group of men Payne Stewart, 79 and four time champion Tom Watson (67,68, 70, 71) Jim Holtgrieve, St Louis (78, 81) Don Bliss, Overland Park (83, 86, 88) Skip Berkmeyer, Town & Country (99, 09, 11) Joey Johnson, Ozark (13,14) and Brad Nurski, St. Joseph (10,17,18). 

Nick started the tournament in a field of 172 players and finished in 5th in the stroke play portion on Tuesday and Wednesday. (73/67) Match play started on Thursday when he went up against John Moore of Quincy. (5&4) In the round of 32, Friday morning, he won his match against Ryan Schuenke, Palmyra (2&1) and in the round of 16 he won 1 up in 19 over Justin Wingerter, Olathe. Then it is was on to the quarter finals on Saturday morning where he competed against Brad Nurski, St Joseph (4&3). He had a close match against Logan Smith, La Plata (2&1).

On Sunday, in the final 36-hole match he went up against Maxwell Kreikemeir of Chesterfield. Kreikemeier and Westrich grew up playing golf together in different tournaments over the years in the St Louis area. Kreikemeier is on the golf team at Missouri State University, Springfield and Westrich a Mules golfer at University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg.

It was a week without rain delays but on Saturday and Sundays they battled through very tough wind conditions.  Westrich was one-up after the first hole, but Kreikemeier took a two-point lead after seven. Westrich won three of the next four-holes, reclaiming a one-point lead on hole 12 and never gave the lead up. He extended his lead with points on holes 16 and 17 and was up by three after 18 holes. Starting the final 18, Kreikemier cut the lead to two after the first hole, but Westrich picked up points on holes four and five for a four-point lead, then his point on hole 14 put him up five with four to play, to take the championship.


2020 Missouri Amateur
Thursday, June 25th, 2020
Ozarks National Golf Course
Golfers faced one another in the 113th Annual Missouri Amateur Championship in Hollister. To qualify for today’s first round of Match Play, players had to score a combined score of 150 during the previous rounds of Stroke Play earlier this week. The sunny sky and warm temperatures set the stage for what would be another exciting round of competition.
The day began at 8:00 A.M. with the playoff from yesterday’s Stoke Play event. Seven players out of ten were able to advance to Match Play after completing holes 16 and 17. Beginning also at 8:00 A.M. the first match of the day between Curtis Brokenbrow and Wayne Fredrick. Brokenbrow won the match 5 & 4. Previous Amateur champion Brad Nurski defeated Reilly Ahearn in a 5 & 4 match. Another Previous Amateur winner Richard Berkmeyer was taken all the way to hole 18 by Hudson Dubinski in a hard-fought match where Berkmeyer won 1 up. Yesterday’s Stroke Play Champion Alex Locke was also able to win his match against Daniel Duffin 5 & 4.
Action resumes at Ozarks National Golf Course with the round of 32 set for 8:00 A.M., and the round of 16 set at 1:00 P.M. Be sure to follow all the action online at For the most up-to-date information and scores follow @missourigolf on social media.

2020 Missouri Amateur
Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
Final Qualifying Round
Ozarks National Golf Course
The Missouri Amateur Championship continued today with day two of Stroke Play. The day kicked off in the morning with the first group teeing off at 7:00 A.M. Some of the leaders including Alex Locke (Springfield), Jack Parker (Columbia), Christopher Ferris (St. Louis), and Crimson Callahan (Chesterfield) found themselves continuing to earn the leading scores after another successful day on the course.
Alex Locke leads in Stroke Play and completed the day with an impressive 68 (3 under) and combined score of 134 (66-68). He totaled five birdies and two bogies for the day. Jack Parker who is in second finished with four birdies and two bogies.
Christopher Ferris and Crimson Callahan who are currently tied for third place finished with a 139 after both days. Ferris had four birdies for the day and Callahan had five.
Thursday will mark the beginning of the first round of Match Play with the first tee time set at 8:00 A.M. The ten who shot a two-round score of 150 for both days will participate in a playoff tomorrow also starting at 8:00 A.M. They will start on hole 16, 17, 18 and will play for 7 available spots.


2020 Missouri Amateur
Tuesday June 23rd, 2020
Round 1 qualifying

Ozarks National Golf Course

Today marks the start of the 113th Annual Missouri Amateur championship at Ozarks National Golf Course. The Missouri Golf Association kicked off the first day of the tournament with 172 players competing for the Amateur title.

The day began with the morning round of golfers teeing off at 7:00 and ending at 2:30. The round included previous Missouri Amateur champions Brand Nurski (2010, 2017, 2018), Skip Berkmeyer (1999, 2009, 2011), Wayne Fredrick (1996), Matt Murray (1997), Sam Midgal (2016), and last years champion Walker Kesterson.

Alex Locke, from Springfield Missouri, took the lead in day one of stroke play, carding a 66 (5 under). Following Locke, Chad Niezing (Manchester), Jack Parker (Columbia), and Clayton Larson (Aurora) tied for second, all shooting 69. Jacob McLauchlin (Nixa), Christopher Ferris (St. Louis), Crimson Callahan (Chesterfield), Chris Kovach (St. Louis), Ryan Schuenke (Palmyra), Jake Mikesch (St. Joseph), and Matt Percy (Ottawa) tied for third with 70. Locke had a successful day with seven birdies and two bogies.

Walker Kesterson (Ashland), the defending Amateur champion, completed the day with a 77 (6 over). He tallied one birdie, four bogies and one double bogie for the day.

Day two of the 2020 Missouri Amateur Championship will begin at 7:00 a.m. with another round of stroke play. To stay up-to-date with the scoring throughout the day please visit 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.

June 17, 2020

Missouri Amateur Championship

Ozarks National Golf Course, Hollister, Missouri June 23-28, 2020

            The Missouri Golf Association will be conducting its 113th Missouri Amateur Championship at Ozarks National Golf Course in Hollister, Missouri on June 23-28.  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 and @missourigolf on social media. Live scoring will be available during the entire championship online and on Twitter to keep followers up-to-date.

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.




Missouri Golf Association

P.O. Box 104164 Jefferson City, MO 65110

(573) 636-8994

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