LIMA, Peru — Scott Harvey is in the business off
racking up prestigious amateur tournament
exemptions. The USGA sent the Greensboro,
N.C. native to Lima, Peru this week to represent
the United States, along with three others, at the
Amateur, by virtue of his 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur
win at Saucon Valley.
The Mid-Amateur win granted him two years
access to the U.S. Amateur, and of course The
Masters this April, among other things. But on
Sunday afternoon in Peru's capital city, Harvey
had not only another exemption to add to his
list, but another win.
THIRD-ROUND RECAP: Scott Harvey takes
back South American Amateur lead
SECOND-ROUND RECAP: Tourinho, Harvey
share 36-hole lead
FIRST-ROUND RECAP: Scott Harvey
leads early with 66
Leading by a stroke over Argentinians Matias
Simaski and Andres Schonbaum entering the
final round, Harvey extended that lead to two
with a one-over 73 on Sunday, winning the
South American Amateur and earning a spot in
the 2015 European Amateur — one of the most
elite events in world.
Harvey got off to a hot start in Thursday's first
round, posting a bogey-free 66 to lead by one
Montenegro and Juan Alvarez.
"The first round felt really good and it could
have been so
much lower, to be honest with you. But I'm not
complaining," Harvey said.
He posted back-to-back 70s on Friday and
he lead at the halfway point with top Brazilian
Andrew Tourinho and breaking away by a shot
after 54 holes.
And despite finishing two over his last three on
Harvey secured another big win.
"It was another good week," Harvey laughed.
getting kind of crazy."
The 36-year-old said he didn't really know what
down to the southern hemisphere, but admitted
game fresh during the North Carolina winter, as
well as two
at Lima Golf Club, helped prep him for the 72-
Harvey, who has never played anywhere outside
United States, will head to Slovakia in August for
European Amateur, won last year by Ashley
England, who finished in eighth place this week
Tourinho, who tied for third at last week's
inaugural Latin America
, shot 72 in the final
round to share second place with two others —
Joaquin Niemann of Chile and Peru's own
Mike McCoy, the other male American in the
field, finished in a tie for 12th
place with 76-73 over the weekend. The 52-
year-old from Des Moines, Iowa
shot 66 on Friday to jump into the top-five
before sliding back outside of the