ELVERSON, PA (September 11, 2016) -- Scott Harvey, Michael Muehr and Thomas Werkmeister all finished 2-under to share U.S. Mid-Amateur medalist honors at Stonewall Links. The medalist winners were three of just four players to finish in red figures as wind made scoring difficult, first round co-leader Derek Busby was fourth at 1-under.
Harvey, now a record four-time medalist winner, began the day 4-under and tied for the lead but on the more difficult Old Course the second ranked AmateurGolf.com Mid-Amateur fell back a bit with a 2-over 72.
“I would have taken 75 because I knew it was going to be tough today,” said Harvey of his Sunday round. “This course (Stonewall Links) is very uncomfortable for me. There are not many shots at all that make me feel confident.”
The 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion played steady golf for much of his second round as he parred the first 10 holes of his round. With eight holes left Harvey rolled in his only birdie of the day on 11th to move to 5-under. However, bogeys on Nos. 14-16 saw Harvey drop back to 2-under.
Of the three medalist winners, Michael Muehr was the only player to post an under-par round on Sunday. Muehr, playing the North Course, posted an even-par 70 in his first round and then followed it up with a 2-under 68.
The 2011 semifinalist picked up two birdies and a bogey. The final birdie of Muehr's day came on the 18th hole. Muehr has now advanced to match play in five of his six U.S. Mid-Amateur appearances.
For Werkmeister it was a two birdie, two bogey day that led to an even-par 70 on the North Course. Werkmeister birdied the 3rd and like Muehr the 18th hole.
“My number one goal was to be medalist, because I’ve never done it before,” said Werkmeister, a semifinalist in 2014. “I don’t think it really matters for match play if you’re the number one seed or the No. 64 seed. Just make match play, and anything can happen from there.”
Of course claiming medalist honors isn't the only major story line of the second day of stroke play, that final spot in the match play field of 64 also claims some of the spot light.
And speaking of light it ran out on the players at Stonewall Links meaning that on Monday morning 13 players will compete for spot No. 64 beginning at 7:15 a.m. EST on the Old Course.
The playoff which begins on the 213 yard par-3 9th hole. Here is a look at the 14 players involved:
Rusty Strawn (7:15 a.m.)Scotland Schmidt (7:15 a.m.)Justin Goodhue (7:15 a.m.)Jake Erickson (7:15 a.m.)Reid Hatley (7:27 a.m.)Nathan Sutherland (7:27 a.m.)Tim Hogarth (7:27 a.m.)Steven Molumby (7:27 a.m.)Michael Kelley (7:39 a.m.)Kyle Hoffman (7:39 a.m.)Matthew Mattare (7:39 a.m.)Kevin Flack (7:39 a.m.)John Ebert (7:39 a.m.)James Scorse (WD)
Notable Players to Miss Cut:
Chip LutzNathan SmithEdward FryattDoug HanzelMike McCoyMarc DullDave WomackRandal Lewis
-The USGA contributed to this story