Scott Harvey leads early at South American Amateur

LIMA, Peru — One of only two Americans in the 68-man, South American Amateur Championship field is 36-year-old Scott Harvey, reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion.

On Thursday at Lima Golf Club in Peru's capital city, Harvey carded a six-under 66, and leads Juan Alvarez of Uruguay and Marcos Montenegro of Argentina by a shot.

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Harvey, who will be one of seven amateurs in The Masters' field in April, recorded no bogeys in his opening-round.

The 2013 Mid-Amateur champion, Mike McCoy of Iowa, is also in the field for this 72-hole event. He shot 74 and is in a tie for 29th place.

Andre Tourinho, the Brazilian who tied for third at last week's inaugural Latin America Amateur, is three back in fourth place after a 69.

Other notable players include Chile's Joaquin Niemann (71), Northern Ireland's Chris Selfridge (73), and No. 3 ranked amateur in the world, Ashley Chesters of England (74).

ABOUT THE South American Amateur

A 72-hole stroke play championship, the South American Championship was started in 2006 and is organized annually by the Executive Secretary and the governing body of the country in which the tournament is conducted. The schedule provides that the seat should be rotated in all South American countries.

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