The 104th Missouri Amateur Championship begins today at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta.
Four area individuals are competing in the field of 162 on the 6,944-yard, par-71 course just east of Washington.
Matt Miller of Eldon returns to the field to try and capture an amateur title. Last year, the former Mustang was the runner-up in the Missouri Amateur Championship to Brad Nurski of St. Louis at Twin Oaks Country Club.
Nurski defeated Miller 2 up to earn his first Missouri Amateur Championship title.
Miller, who finished his senior year at the University of Central Missouri, helped guide the Mules to a third-place finish in the NCAA Division II Championship. Miller also earned All-America honors with a tie for 11th place, posting a three-round score of 2-over par.
Former Helias golfers Michael Huber and Alex Knoll also are competing in the event.
Huber was a runner-up at the Missouri Junior Match Play Championship last week at Eagle Knoll Golf Course.