VERO BEACH, Fla. - After weather delays pushed play into darkness at the US Mid-Am on Sunday, golf continued early Monday morning with Scott Harvey finishing stroke play in a tie with Matt Parziale at 4-under.
Play was halted just before 7:00 PM EDT with 59 of the 264-player field still on the course. Rain and lightning earlier in the day caused a delay of about an hour.
This is the third time Harvey has been co-medalist, having done so in 2010 and 2014. Parziale, a firefighter from Brockton, MA, was reinstated as an amateur two years ago, drained consecutive birdies on nos. 16 and 17 before missing a par put on 18 to drop to 4-under.
Harvey took the top seed and faces #64 seed Nathan Smith, while Parziale faces #63 seed Justin Young.
Third-seeded Robby McWilliams of Benton, LA goes against 62nd-seeded Kevin Van Possum of Hartland, WI. Fourth-seeded Brian Komline goes against #61 Reid Hatley, while Walker Cup team member and fifth-seed Mike McCoy faces off against #60 Ryan Brimley.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:With weather delaying play during the second round of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, darkness fell quickly on the field as they battled for the top 64 spots and a chance at match play on the West Course at John's Island Club.Leading the way in the suspended second round is defending champion Scott Harvey of Greensboro, N.C. and Matt Parziale of Brockton, Mass. at 4-under par. Harvey, after a 3-under 69 on the West Course, is 1-under in his second round with two holes remaining. Parziale, who ran away with this year's Massachusetts Mid-Amateur title, posted 70 on day one on the North Course, and is finished with his second round, turning in 69 on the West Course.
“I have been putting really well and keeping it out of trouble,” Parziale told the USGA. “Just to get into match play was a goal.”
Four players are tied for third place three shots back at 1-under, and all have completed 36 holes. Included in that group is 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and 2015 Walker Cup team member Mike McCoy of West Des Moines, Iowa, who rebounded from a first-round 73 to card 69 on day two and secure a high-seed.
“I drove it in the fairway, which was really important, hit a lot of good iron shots and didn’t three-putt,” McCoy told the USGA. “There will be a lot of tough matches (coming up) but I will be tough, too.”
Also in at 1-under are Robby McWilliams of Benton, La., Brian Komline of Bridgewater, N.J., and Andrew Wyatt of Midland, Texas.
The cut line, which will either fall at 5-over or 6-over, eliminated a few notable players. Pat Christovich of New Orleans, La., 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur medalist and 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Randal Lewis, and 2014 Crump Cup winner Michael Muehr will all head home from South Florida with disappointment. Last year's runner-up, Brad Nurski of St. Joseph, Mo., will likely have to birdie his final three holes on Monday morning to have a chance at squeaking into the remainder of the tournament.
Four-time champion Nathan Smith followed a 5-over 76 on Saturday with a 1-over 73 on Sunday for a total of 6-over 149 and is also in danger of missing the cut for match play.
Following the completion of stroke play on Monday morning, a playoff will be held if necessary to determine the final berths in the 64-player match-play bracket and the first round of match play will begin on the property's West Course.