29th June 2017
Last weekend Scott HARVEY won the George C. Thomas Jr. Invitational Tournament (GCT).
I don’t overly concern myself with the US Walker Cup team but as you know the mid-amateur situation intrigues me.
The GCT is a 54 hole mid-amateur and senior amateur event that was first held in the United States in 2012.
What makes it particularly interesting is the fact that it is staged annually on the North Course at the Los Angeles Country Club, the host venue of the 2017 Walker Cup.
The GCT mid-amateur prize was won by Mike MCCOY in 2013 and 2014. Mike played in the 2015 Walker Cup at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Scott HARVEY won in 2016.
Scott Harvey (Photo: USGA)
This year Scott HARVEY retained his title after a 3 hole play-off with Nathan SMITH and Patrick CHRISTOVICH. Harvey birdied 2 of the extra holes.
In regulation play Harvey shot rounds of 78, 67 and 70 for a 215 (+4) total.
In a report by John Steinbreder in Global Golf Post (USA) Harvey said “I am extremely honoured to be champion again. The Thomas is an incredible tournament filled with great golfers and played on a course I absolute love. Obviously, I hope this boosts my chances to player again in September in the Walker Cup.”
Well it certainly won’t have done any harm as John “Spider” Miller was in attendance and saw the win for himself. Miller said to Steinbreder “I wanted to take another look at the mid-ams as well as the course. I also felt it was important to support the tournament and the Club.”
In summary it’s looking increasing like the USGA will have every reason to select both Harvey and Stewart HAGESTAD for the forthcoming Walker cup match.
View the – George C. Thomas Invitational Results
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