CHARLESTON, SC (July 14, 2016) -- The top ranked
amateur in the Carolinas, Scott Harvey of Kernersville,
N.C. did what was expected, take the first round lead in
the 102nd Carolinas Amateur Championship. Harvey,
37, carded a bogey-free four-under-par 66 to claim a
two stroke advantage. "My ball striking was really good
today," said Harvey, who missed just one green in
regulation Thursday. "I gave myself a lot of good looks
Sunny, humid conditions greeted the field of 145
players Thursday morning at the Country Club of
Charleston. In the morning wave, only four player
posted red numbers on the par-70 layout. Blake McShea
of Zebulon, N.C., Chandler Mulkey of Johns Island, S.C.,
Ford Blanchard, Jr. of Orangeburg, S.C., and Hunter
Watkins of Lexington, S.C. shot one-under-par 69. The
499 yard 5th hole is playing as a converted par-4.
As the afternoon wave began play, skies darkened
in North Charleston. At 2:21pm, play was suspended
nearly two hours for lightning in the area. Even after
play resumed, winds gusted at 15-20 mph.
Starting on No. 10, Harvey, who played four holes
prior to the delay, made the turn at one-under-par. A
birdie on the 11th hole of his round, No. 2 at Country
Club of Charleston, then consecutive birdies on Nos. 8
and 9 completed a four-under-par performance. Despite
missing putts early in his round, Harvey kept attacking
flags. "I just continued to hit good shots and thankfully
the putts started rolling in."
In his most recent CGA championship appearance
this April, Harvey won the Carolinas Mid-Amateur at
Dataw Island Club. The 2011 Carolinas Amateur
champion has followed in the footsteps of his late
father, Bill, an accomplished amateur golfer who won
eight CGA championships, including three Carolinas
Amateurs. "This was the tournament he always thought
was the biggest and I certainly feel the same way," said
Scott, who currently holds seven titles.
Coming off his second North Carolina runner-up
finish in as many years, Justin Tereshko of Jamestown,
N.C. is chasing his first CGA victory. The 26-year-old
golf coach at Guilford College recorded five birdies and
three bogeys to post two-under 68. A total of nine
players finished their first round at one-under including
Eric Bae of Pinehurst, N.C., Reilly Erhardt of
Greensboro, N.C., Austin Zoller of Summerville, S.C.,
and Christian Cichan of Charlotte, N.C.
Three-time defending champion Carter Jenkins of
Raleigh, N.C., has since turned professional, playing on
the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada.
The championship is conducted at 72 holes of
stroke play. After 36 holes, there will be a cut to the low
60 scores and ties.
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