From Oct. 8-9, the annual Hieronymus Cup Matches will be held at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Mo. Throughout the season, golfers earn points at Point Events, all with the goal of qualifying for the Hieronymus Cup. There will be 40 total players: 10 East side golfers, 10 Senior East side golfers, 10 West side golfers, and 10 Senior West side golfers.
Between the western and eastern sides of the state, U.S. Highway 63 is the dividing line. Players living in cities on or west of Highway 63 are on the West Team, and players living to the east of the highway are on the East Team. For each team, 8 of the top 20 are chosen from the current year’s Cup Team point standings, 8 more are chosen from the current year Senior Cup Team point standings, and the remaining 4 are chosen by the Captains.
Keep reading to learn a bit more about each of the 40 players in this year’s Cup!
The East Team Captain is Chris Kovach. Below are the players for the East Team.
Brad Carpenter earned the most points in the East Team at 830. Two of Carpenter’s notable achievements were winning the Mid-Amateur Championship and making the round of 16 at the Missouri Amateur Championship.
Patrick Britt finished the season with 630 points. Britt finished in 10th place at the Stroke Play Championship, earning 300 points, and also tying for third place at the Mid-Amateur Championship, getting 150 points.
Next is Tony Gumper, who earned 615 points, a majority of them earned from the Stroke Play Championship, where he finished tied for fourth place.
Chad Niezing earned 570 points throughout the season, 400 of which came from his Championship win at the Missouri Amateur Championship!
Curtis Brokenbrow is next with 545 points for the year. He earned 125 points for finishing in second at the Four Ball Championship, and he earned 100 points each at the Missouri Amateur, Stroke Play Championship, and the Payne Stewart Invitational.
Next is Ryan Sullivan at 540 points. He earned 200 of those by qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, and also got 125 points with his teammate Brokenbrow at the Four Ball Championship.
Ryan Eckelkamp earned 505 points for the year. He earned 300 points for tying for 10th place at the Stroke Play Championship, and had 100 points from his seventh place finish at the Mid-Amateur Championship.
Sam Migdal is the last of the top 8 finishers, who earned 480 points. He got 300 points from his second place finish at the Missouri Amateur Championship!
Corey Choate was the first East player chosen by the Captain, and he earned 330 points for the season. He tied for third at the Mid-Amateur Championship and earned 100 points from the Stroke Play Championship.
The final non-senior member of the East Team is the Captain, Chris Kovach.
The Captain of the West Team is Jamie Hathcock. Below are the players for the West Team.
Brad Nurski earned the most points in the West division at an amazing 1355. He earned 400 points for winning the Stroke Play Championship, 525 points for qualifying for and succeeding at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, and 200 for making the quarterfinal round at the Missouri Amateur Championship.
Next is Addison White, who finished the season with 545 points, 300 of which came from his seventh place finish at the Stroke Play Championship.
Elliot Soyez finished with 530 points after earning 300 points for tying for third place in the Mid-Amateur Championship. He also earned 150 points for his performance in the Missouri Amateur.
Kory Bowman has 475 points from the season. He earned 100 of these by qualifying for the U.S. Four Ball Championship, and another 200 points for making the U.S. Mid-Amateur.
Hunter Parrish is next on the leaderboard with 360 points. He earned 150 points in both the Missouri Amateur and the Stroke Play Championship.
Next is Aaron Clark, who saw 150 points after tying for seventh place in the Mid-Amateur Championship.
Kory Franks is the next West Team member with 285 points. His top performance of the year was at the Stroke Play Championship where he tied for 14th and earned 200 points.
Chase Gafner ended the year with 280 total points earned. His performances in the Missouri Amateur and Stroke Play Championships earned him 100 and 150 points, respectively.
The first member selected by the Captain is Alex Locke, who also finished with 280 points. Nearly all of these were earned at the Missouri Amateur, where he made it to the semifinal round.
Tyler Stalker rounds out the West Team with 255 points. His top performance was at the Mid-Amateur Championship, where he tied for 7th place and earned 150 points.
For the Senior East Team, David Pfeil is serving as the Captain. Below are the players for the Senior East Team.
Buddy Allen earned the most points in the Senior East division at 680. He earned 325 points for qualifying and competing in the U.S. Senior Amateur, and 100 points for both the Senior Four Ball and Stroke Play Championships.
Brian Lovett earned the second most points with 365 for the year. His top two performances were at the Payne Invitational and the Senior Amateur Championship, where he earned 100 points each.
Next is Brian Hall, who had 320 points for the year. He got 150 points at the Senior Amateur for tying for sixth place, and earned another 100 at the Senior Four Ball.
Captain David Pfeil is next, also with 320 points for the year. He also tied for sixth place at the Senior Amateur, earning 150 points.
David Rudd finished with 285 points, 200 of which came from his fourth place finish at the Senior Amateur Championship!
Next is Kyle Viehl who had 240 points this season. He earned points from several different events this season, including the Jefferson City Four Ball, Payne Invitational, Senior Four Ball, Mid-Amateur Championship, and the Senior Amateur!
Brad Thielmeier is the next member of the Senior East Team with 200 points. His top performances were at the Senior Amateur, where he earned 60 points, and both the Stroke Play Championship and Senior Four Ball, where he earned 50 points each.
The final player to qualify based on points earned is Tony Nolfo, who had 165 points for the year. He performed well at the Senior Amateur and Stroke Play Championship, where he earned 70 and 50 points, respectively.
Paul Neeman is the first Captain’s pick with 155 points. He earned most of these at the Senior Four Ball Championship, where he was one of the champions!
Kirk Viehl is the final member of the Senior East Team. He earned 140 points for the year, 100 of them coming from the Senior Amateur Championship.
Chuck Admire is the Captain of the Senior West Team, and the players are below.
MGA President Wayne Fredrick earned the most points in the Senior West division with 855. 425 of these points came from his performance at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, where he made it to the round of 32! He also earned 100 points each at the Hoover Invitational, Payne Invitational, and Stroke Play Championship.
Brian Haskell saw 495 points for the year. He tied for fourth place at the Senior Amateur Championship, earning 150 points, and also earned 150 for his performance at the Stroke Play Championship.
Next is Sean McQueary, who earned 365 points this season. His top performances were at the Payne Invitational and the Senior Amateur Championship, both earning him 100 points.
Jeff Eiserman earned 340 points. He has 125 points from the Senior Four Ball, where his team tied for fourth place. He also earned 100 points for his performance at the Mid-Amateur Championship.
Harry Roberts is the next member of the team with 200 points, all of which were earned by his second place finish at the Senior Amateur Championship!
Up next is Kevin Rome, who has 185 points for the season. He earned points at several events this season, including the Jefferson City Four Ball, Payne Invitational, and the Mid-Amateur Championship!
Steve Groom finished the season with 165 points. He competed in six different point events this season, earning the most at the Senior Amateur Championship with 50.
Ed Brown is next up with 110 points. He earned most of these at the Hoover Invitational, where he collected 75 points.
Tim Haskell is the first captain’s choice with 75 points, all earned at the Senior Four Ball Championship, where his team tied for ninth place.
Brett Allen is the final member of the West Senior team at 55 points. His top performance of the year was at the Senior Four Ball Championship where he earned 25 points.
Good luck to each player who has qualified for this competition!
To learn more about the Hieronymus Cup Matches, click here: https://www.mogolf.org/event/hieronymus-cup-matches/
For more information on the Hieronymus Cup, please contact the MGA office at email@example.com or (573) 636-8994.
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 Missouri Golf Association was started in St. Louis in 1905 to run the Amateur Championship. Four founding clubs would be the ones in existence in St. Louis in those early years – St. Louis Country Club, Algonquin Golf Club, Glen Echo Golf Club and Normandie Golf Club. Four years later, the invite-only Missouri Amateur was held in Kansas City at Evanston Club. 1911 marked the real organization of the MGA with Bonner Miller as Secretary and Executive Director. Ever since then, the MGA has striven to provide tournaments and spaces for Missouri golfers to sharpen their skills and enjoy the game.
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