Twenty-four-year-old Mizzou star, by way of Carnoustie Scotland, Jessica Meek, will be back to defend the title she won in St. Louis last July at Algonquin G.C. in St. Louis. Her fellow competitors in the first group will be 2016 Women’s Amateur champion Emily Goldenstein of Chesterfield, 2018 Missouri Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Kayla Eckelkamp of Washington and 2018 Junior Amateur champion Amber Wilson of Camdenton.

History will be in the air as players and golf fans make the drive through the Village of Country Club to the St. Joseph Country Club.

The 80th playing of the Missouri Women’s Amateur returns to St. Joseph Country Club for the eighth time next Monday-Wednesday, July 16-18. The venerable golf course, which dates back to 1912, has hosted the tournament more than any other Missouri golf course with the first in 1938. The club is now part of the Great Life Golf and Fitness organization.

Twenty-four-year-old Mizzou star, by way of Carnoustie Scotland, Jessica Meek, will be back to defend the title she won in St. Louis last July at Algonquin G.C. in St. Louis. Her game will be tested early as she is in the first group off at 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Her fellow competitors in that first group will be 2016 Women’s Amateur champion Emily Goldenstein of Chesterfield, 2018 Missouri Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Kayla Eckelkamp of Washington and 2018 Junior Amateur champion Amber Wilson of Camdenton.

Fifty-six women are in the field, with tee times extending from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., each day.

Recent previous winners at St. Joe CC have been Ellen Port in 2001, Lindsey Murfin in 1987 and Karen Schull MacGee in 1979. Head professional Mike Habermehl and green’s superintendent Kip Beer will have things ready for the 56 combatants.

A great golf course such as this will very likely produce a great champion after three days.

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 Amateur. The MGA distributes an annual schedule of tournament events and entry forms for each event. The MGA provides advice and information for golf, handicap and rules chairpersons, and provides educational seminars.