CAPE GIRARDEAU — Nick Wilson needed 25 holes to finally take the lead at the 2012 Missouri Amateur Golf Championship.
After reaching the finals at Cape Girardeau’s Dalhousie Golf Club, Wilson, a Hickman alumnus and former Missouri golfer, found himself facing Skip Berkmeyer. Berkmeyer, a Wildwood native, is the defending champion and has won the event three times.
The tournament’s final started Sunday morning with two 18-hole match-play rounds between Berkmeyer and Wilson.
Wilson remained close to Berkmeyer for the first 24 holes, always keeping within two holes. He took the lead on the 25th hole by capitalizing on Berkmeyer’s bogey on the 570-yard par 5. Wilson shot par.
Wilson was declared the winner when he led Berkmeyer by two holes with just one hole remaining. Match-play winners are determined by who wins more holes, rather than by strokes.
The pair qualified for Sunday's final after a week’s worth of golf.
After a practice round on Monday, 150 amateur golfers began play on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the field was cut to 64.
Match play then began on Thursday with one round cutting the number of remaining golfers in half. Friday consisted of the second and third rounds of match play, with the fourth and semi-final rounds on Saturday.
After seven rounds, Berkmeyer and Wilson were the only golfers still standing.
Four current Missouri golfers made it into match play.
Senior Jace Long lost to his former teammate, Wilson, in 19 holes during the quarterfinal. Sophomore Ryan Zech beat incoming MU freshman and Rock Bridge graduate Will Echelmeier in the first round of match play. Zech lost to Berkmeyer in the semifinal in 19 holes. Sophomore Wilson Sundvold lost to semifinalist Brevin Giebler in the Round of 16 after 24 holes.
As the 2012 Missouri Amateur Championship’s winner, Wilson won $600 and a trophy, according to Ashten Howard, a Dalhousie golf shop attendant.