Missouri Stroke Play: Accomplished Mid-Amateur Brad Nurski wins for the fourth time
Brad Nurski (USGA Photo)
Brad Nurski (USGA Photo)

Brad Nurski of St. Joseph, Mo., successfully defended his 2022 Missouri Stroke Play Championship title after shooting 12-under over the four day tournament. Nurski was the only golfer to shoot under par all four days.

In addition to 2022 and 2023, Nurski won the Missouri Stroke Play Championship in 2012 and 2019. He passes three-time champion Skip Berkmeyer.

"I just tried to stay patient all week," Nurski said. "It's hard because the fairways are tight and we are just trying to keep it in between the native areas. I didn't make any big numbers or hit it in the tall grass all week."

Nurski added "It was a good consistent week."

Nurski held off Alex Locke of Springfield, Mo., after Locke made a final round charge, shooting a final round 6 under 66. A 2 over 74 for Locke in the second round was the outlier for his tournament.

After the second round, the championship was cut to low 50 and ties and the third and final round were both conducted on the same day.

"That second 18 I started bogey-birdie-bogey and just wanted to settle down and get back to the basics," Nurski said about his final round.

Nurski did just that, making birdies on holes No. 4 and 5 and then he played his last 14 holes at 2-under and more importantly, bogey-free.

"I was fairly consistent with everything," Nurski said. "Anytime I didn't hit a good iron shot and my short game was really good. I got up and down in a couple of important spots."

Nurski added "I putted really well most of the week.

Nurski and Locke created large seperation from the rest of the field, as Max Harres of Kirkwood, Mo., finished in solo third place at 5-under.

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ABOUT THE Missouri Stroke Play

72-hole stroke play championship, with a cut to the low 50 and ties after the second round. Entries are open to male amateur golfers who are members of the MGA and play at clubs who are members of the Missouri Golf Association.

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