Friday, July 15, 2011

2011 Stroke Play Championship Press Release

Missouri Stroke Play Press Release

Springfield, Missouri - July 19 – 21, 2011 The Championship tournament will be held at Hickory Hills Country Club

The Missouri Stroke Play Championship will return to Hickory Hills Country Club of Springfield, Missouri this year. Hickory Hills was also the host of the 2002 Missouri Stroke Play and the 1996 Missouri Amateur Championship. Hickory Hills is a traditional, tree-lined golf course. It has big, fast greens and its beautiful, old school style will provide a great and difficult challenge for the participants. The tournament will consist of 144 of Missouri’s top amateur golfers. The tournament will begin with 18-holes on both Tuesday and Wednesday before making a cut to the lowest 50 scores. Once the first cut has been made, another 36-holes will be played on Thursday before the champion is named.

This tournament offers the participants an opportunity to showcase their abilities against the strong field of anticipated competitors and against the former champions of years gone by. Former Stroke Play champions participating include last year’s champion Ryan Marks, Matt Miller (2009), Wayne Fredrick (2001), Bobby Godwin (1999). Other MGA tournament champions in the field include Jacob Fair the 2011 Junior Amateur Champion and the 2010 Junior Match Play Champion, Chuck Greene 1998 Missouri Amateur Champion, Justin Bryant 2011 Missouri Amateur Runner-up, Harry Roberts 2010 Mid- Amateur Champion, Will Hogan Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Year, and Donald Stimble 2007 and 2010 Junior Amateur Champions and 2011 Junior Amateur Runner-up.

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 Stroke Play. 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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