Scott Harvey emerged from a battle of co-medalists, topping Brad Nurski Thursday to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur title and earn a likely invite to the 2015 Masters.
Harvey, a 36-year-old property manager from Greensboro, N.C., never trailed in the 36-hole championship match. He built a 4-up lead after the morning round, and while Nurski quickly trimmed that advantage to 1-up, Harvey regained momentum and ultimately won the match, 6 and 5, after halving the 31st hole with a par.
Harvey and Nurski shared medalist honors after both shot 1-under 141 during stroke play at Saucon Valley Golf Club in Bethlehem, Pa., and this marked the first time since 2010 that the Mid-Am final featured the top two seeds. The matchup shaped up as a lopsided affair on paper, as Harvey began the week at No. 104 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, while Nurski, a 35-year-old railway conductor from St. Joseph, Mo., started the week at No. 3,994 in the WAGR.
Harvey won the North Carolina Mid-Amateur in 2013, and after capturing his first USGA title can likely book travel plans to head down Magnolia Lane next April, as the Mid-Am champ traditionally receives a Masters invite each year.
Started in 1981, the U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to men age 25 and older with a handicap index of 3.4 or lower. Notable past champions include Jay Sigel (1983, 1985, 1987), David Eger (1988), Trip Kuehne (2007) and Nathan Smith (2003, 2009, 2010, 2012).