Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Saucon Valley to Seek More Usga Events

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Saucon Valley to Seek More Usga Events

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- After her husband won his second match Wednesday, Kim Harvey piled her 5-year-old son, mother and two friends into a rental car in Greensboro, N.C., and headed for Saucon Valley Country Club, which is just south of Allentown and Bethlehem.

They left after midnight, drove through the dark winding roads of Virginia and arrived at the Old Course just before 9 a.m. On the eighth tee of U.S. Mid-Amateur championship match Thursday, Scott Harvey looked into the gallery to find their familiar faces.

"I mean, I was totally in shock," Harvey said. "... It kind of gave me a good feeling. They're my good-luck charm."

Harvey, 36, a real-estate property manager, rode that surge to his first national golf championship. Harvey defeated Brad Nurski, a railroad conductor from Missouri, 6 and 5, for the U.S. Mid-Amateur title.

With the victory comes possession, for one year, of a trophy named for Bobby Jones, a 10-year Mid-Amateur exemption and a two- year exemption into the U.S. Amateur. Most tantalizing, however, is the invitation Harvey will receive to play in the 2015 Masters.

Harvey said he woke up at 12:08 a.m. Thursday unable to think about anything but the final and a potential trip to Augusta National. Fifteen hours later, exhausted and teary-eyed, Harvey grasped the Robert T. Jones Memorial Trophy and pondered practice rounds on Jones' most famous creation.

"I get chills," Harvey said.

Harvey's victory concluded a long, satisfying week for the membership at Saucon Valley, which was the host of its seventh USGA event. Bill McCarthy, the USGA's Mid-Amateur championship director, said the club managed to surpass his high expectations. He added that the USGA will return.

"We would be delighted if the club would submit another invitation and start some more conversations," McCarthy said.

The U.S. Mid-Amateur was a change of pace for Saucon Valley, which had been the host of three consecutive Open events dating to 1990. …

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