St. Joseph’s Brad Nurski couldn’t overcome an erratic driver in the opening 18 holes of his 36 hole final match against Scott Harvey and lost in the finals by a 6 & 5 margin. Nurski was four down after the first 18 after missing numerous fairways in his morning round at Saucon Valley CC, but rallied to win the first three holes in the afternoon round and cut his deficit to one hole before Harvey pulled away for the win.
This was only the second time in the 34 years of the mid-amateur that co-medalists made it all the way to the match play finals. Nurski was bidding to become the first lefty to win the mid-am. His finals appearance represents the highest finish for a Missourian since Jim Holtgrieve won the first mid-amateur championship in 1981 at Bellerive CC in St. Louis.
Brad’s trip to the finals earned him a three year exemption from mid-amateur qualifying and a spot in the 2015 US Amateur field at Olympia Fields in Chicago. He will represent Missouri in the upcoming US State Team competition at the French Lick Resort in Indiana. Skip Berkmeyer and Phil Caravia will complete the three man team that should be one of the favorites to win the biennial competition.