Mid-Am Report: Day 3
It was a day of high drama, especially for the two most prominent players in the field, defending Champion Scott Harvey and four-time Champion Nathan Smith.
Harvey was among the many players with unfinished rounds due to yesterday’s rain delay, but at dawn’s early light he made rock-solid pars at holes eight and nine of the North Course to finish as co-medalist at four under par and earn the number-one seed for match play.
Smith, whose +6 total got him into a crowd-scene playoff—21 competitors for the last two spots—sank a 15-foot putt for birdie at the playoff hole (number 13 West) and thereby snatched the final place in the field.
Thus, a match that might well have been expected to take place in the final—Harvey vs. Smith—became the main event of round one. And what a match it was, with Smith taking a 3-up lead through seven, Harvey battling back to All Square through 12, Smith pulling ahead again with a birdie at 15 and Harvey squaring the match with a birdie at 18 before sinking a 15-footer for birdie and victory at the first extra hole.
Co-medalist Matt Parziale also was taken to 19 holes and it not go his way as 63rd seed Justin Young of Roanoke, Virginia—the other playoff competitor who made a 2 at the 13th—now moves forward to round two.
The third and forth-seeded players, Robby McWilliams and Brian Komline, also lost their matches but the fifth seed, 52-year-old Mike McCoy, prevailed as did 62-year-old Pat Tallent, a pair of victories that will surely resonate with the JI membership.
The two international players both were eliminated in round one so this year’s Mid-Amateur Champion is guaranteed to be an American. The states with the best chance of producing a winner are Florida and Georgia, each with four players still in it, followed by California, Illinois, and Texas with three each.
FROM THE JI GOLF STAFF:
Once all these scratch-handicap interlopers leave town, the West Course will be back open for member play for the first time in several weeks. So come help break in the fairways and greens in the Member Mid-Am Tournament, a One Best Ball of Four (net and gross) competition with a 9 o’clock shotgun on Saturday morning. Enter individually or as a group through the club website or by calling the golf office at 231-8616.
Click here to read David Shefter from the USGA's "Five Matches to Watch in the Round of 64."
Click here to read his "Round of 64 Facts and Figures."
For full photos from today, click here.
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