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Steady play by Scott Harvey (left) helped him build a 3-up lead over Stewart Hagestad through the first 18 of the 36-hole final. (USGA/Chris Keane) 

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In his quest to become the sixth multiple winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur, 2014 champion Scott Harvey couldn’t have scripted a much better start to his 36-hole final match against Stewart Hagestad, 25, of Newport Beach, Calif. Harvey, 38, won the 406-yard first hole on the North Course at Stonewall and, while Hagestad squared the match two holes later, Harvey regained a 1-up advantage on the par-4 fifth hole and holds a 3-up advantage through 18 holes. He has yet to trail today.

Harvey's Morning Line: 10 of 13 fairways hit; 13 of 18 greens in regulation:

"There’s so much room over there to drive the ball ... you can get away with it over there. I hit some good tee shots, but it just didn’t feel good. Under pressure, it might not be near as good. We’ll find out in a little bit on this golf course over here (Old Course) and see what happens."

 

Meanwhile, Stewart Hagestad was not quite as sharp as Harvey in the early going. However, his confidence remains intact following a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th hole (see video, below). Hagestad has played well on the Old Course in winning his five previous matches this week.

Hagestad on his outlook for the second 18:

"I played far from my best, but at the same time, I am still in it. All I’ve got to do is scare him a little bit. Match play is very momentum-driven and if I can keep chipping away and win a couple of holes. Hopefully I can make a couple of good [putts] and get myself back into this thing."

 

Harvey was buoyed by the arrival of his wife, Kim, and 6-year-old son Cameron, who arrived just in time to see dad hit a lob wedge to 18 inches on the par-4 10th hole for a conceded birdie and a 3-up lead.

Harvey on seeing his family, who surprised him during the final match two years ago at Saucon Valley:

"This time I expected them to come. I was kind of looking for them after about four or five holes. There wasn’t an exact time they were supposed to be here. Then when they got there, it was a welcome sight."

 

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