September 10, 2014

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) Scott Harvey and Brad Nurski advanced to championship match in the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

The winner Thursday in the 36-hole final will earn an automatic spot in the Masters next year.

Harvey, a 36-year-old from Greensboro, North Carolina, won his quarterfinal match, 7 and 6, over Denver Haddix of Lexington, Kentucky. Harvey had a tougher time in the semifinal. He won five straight holes for a 3-and-2 win over 2005 Mid-Am champion Kevin Marsh.

''This is where (the championship) I have put myself in my mind,'' said Harvey, a real estate property manager. ''I am where I want to be and feel like I should be. Hopefully, I can take advantage of it.''

Nurski had a more stressful day at Saucon Valley's Old Course. The 35-year-old from St. Joseph, Missouri, won on the 18th hole in the quarterfinals over Todd White of Spartanburg, South Carolina. In the semifinals, Nurski had to go 19 holes to beat Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood, Michigan.

''Getting to the final two is an unbelievable accomplishment,'' said Nurski, a railroad conductor and switchman. ''We just have to come out and play our game tomorrow, stay aggressive and make some putts.''

This will be the first USGA championship match for Harvey and Nurski.

The event is for players 25 and older.

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