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Greensboro's Scott Harvey wins record 7th consecutive CGA player of year award

News & Record, Greensboro, N.C. — Jeff Mills News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.

Jan. 12--GREENSBORO -- Scott Harvey of Greensboro has won his seventh consecutive Carolinas Golf Association player of the year award.

That's a CGA record for the 39-year-old property manager, the No. 2 mid-amateur (ages 25 and older) in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

"I don't even know what to say anymore, you know?" Harvey said. "I was close to getting it a couple of times years ago and just missed, and I always thought how neat and special it would be to win it one time. Seven in row? That's mind-blowing, especially when you look at the other names on that list and what they're doing on (the PGA) tour. It's surreal."

Harvey flew to Argentina this week, invited by the USGA to open the 2018 season in his fourth consecutive South American Amateur. The four-round tournament in Buenos Aires runs from Saturday through Tuesday.

Harvey won the event in 2015 and was the runner-up in 2016, but he said he's played just one round of golf in the last two-and-a-half months.

"I'm going to dial it back this year," Harvey said. "I want to play more local stuff, where I can stay at home."

His son, Cameron, is 8 years old, and Harvey coached his soccer team in the fall and volunteers to help with the boy's basketball team.

"I get so much enjoyment out of that," Harvey said. "Right now I'd rather watch my son play a basketball game than play in a golf tournament myself, rather see him score a few points than me hit a hole-in-one. I'm in a different stage of fatherhood. ... I don't want to miss it."

Harvey ended up playing more golf in 2017 than he intended. The highlight was qualifying for the U.S. Open in Erin Hills, a first in his fine amateur career and his second major championship after the 2015 Masters.

Harvey played a practice round at the U.S. Open in a foursome with Jordan Spieth, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker.

Harvey also defended his title at the George Thomas Invitational, winning in a playoff at Los Angeles Country Club. And he won the George L. Coleman Invitational at Seminole Golf Club in Florida, an amateur golf major where his father, the late Bill Harvey, won the senior division back-to-back in 1993-'94.

In CGA tournaments, Harvey won his second N.C. Mid-Amateur and his second Carolinas Club Championship, moving past his father with nine career CGA titles.

"There are way, way more tournaments now than they had when dad played," Harvey said. "If they would've had the mid-am stuff when he was playing, I'm sure he'd have many more wins. Dad was the best, plain and simple."

Harvey grew up at his father's driving range. He has played golf for as long as he can remember. And still, he said, the game never gets old.

"The year I won the (U.S.) Mid-Am and played the Masters, I was worried afterward that I wouldn't be able to find the same motivation I once had, that drive to be better," Harvey said. "I wondered if I'd still feel those competitive juices flowing. Will I feel the same? But it came back right away.

"I just love the game so much. I'll always love it, and it will always be part of my life. Whether I keep playing at a high level or not, I'm still going to love golf."

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