Scott Harvey dominates, U.S. Mid-Amateur Semifinals Set
Scott Harvey during his U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinal match <br>(USGA Photo)
Scott Harvey during his U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinal match
(USGA Photo)

ELVERSON, PA (September 14, 2016) -- After having to dig deep just to get out of the Round of 32 co- medalist Scott Harvey took care of business during his U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinal match defeating No. 54 David May 4&3.

On a sunny morning at Stonewall Links Old Course Harvey, the three three-seed, jumped out to a blink of the eye 2 up lead with wins on the first two holes only to see May battle back by winning the next two. However, that would be the last time that May was in the match.

Harvey, the second ranked mid-amateur in the AmateurGolf.com Rankings, regained the lead on the 5th and then proceeded to win four of the next six holes to push his advantage to 5 up. The 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, PA won Nos. 9-11 thanks to three consecutive birdies.

The biggest upset of the quarterfinals was produced by 41-seed Scott Strickland, as he won the 18th hole to claim a 1 up victory over co-medalist and top-seed Michael Muehr. Strickland held a 2 up lead after a birdie on the 14th hole but Muehr would rally winning the 15th and 16th holes to square the match.

After a halve on No. 17 this seesaw battle headed to the 18th tied.

In the semifinals Harvey will be facing 15-seed Dan Sullivan who outlasted the highest remaining seed, No. 58 Joshua Irving. Sullivan, the winner of his second Pasadena City Championship early this year, sprinted out to a 6 up lead though seven holes with the only hole halved during the stretch being the 1st.

Still 6 down with eight holes to go Irving mounted an impressive charge that nearly brought him all the way back. The run began with a win on the 11th and concluded with an eagle two on the par-4 14th, as Irving won four straight holes. Despite the rally Sullivan still held a 2 up and he was able to right the ship before finishing the match out on the 17th for a 2&1 triumph.

For Sullivan, this is his deepest run at the U.S. Mid-Amateur, he previously reached the quarterfinals in 2011.

The final member of the final four is No. 12 Stewart Hagestad who advanced thanks to a 2 up win over Pennsylvania native, 45-seed Michael McDermott. Hagestand fell behind early in the match as McDermott won the first three holes to take a 3 up lead.

The comeback for the 2016 Metropolitan Amateur (NY) began on the 6th hole and continued with wins on Nos. 8 and 9 to square the match. Following three halves Hagestand won the 13th to take his first lead and then clinched the match with a birdie on the closing hole.

Hagestad will face Scott Strickland in the first of the two semifinal matches.

Live television coverage of the semifinals can be found on Fox Sports 1 from 3-5 p.m. EST.


No. 41 Scott Strickland vs. No. 12 Stewart Hagestad (1:00 p.m.)
No. 3 Scott Harvey vs. No. 15 Dan Sullivan (1:15 p.m.)

Results: U.S. Mid-Amateur
WinNYStewart HagestadNew York City, NY1000
Runner-upNCScott HarveyKernersville, NC700
SemifinalsMIScott StricklandBirmingham, MI500
SemifinalsCADan SullivanPasadena, CA500
QuarterfinalsVAMichael MuehrMcLean, VA400

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ABOUT THE U.S. Mid-Amateur

The U.S. Mid-Amateur originated in 1981 for the amateur golfer of at least 25 years of age, the purpose of which to provide a formal national championship for the post-college player. 264 players begin the championship with two rounds of sroke play qualifying held at two courses, after which the low 64 (with a playoff if necessary to get the exact number) advance to single elimination match play.

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