Two top amateurs make holes-in-one at Pine Valley during opening round of Crump Cup
Scott Harvey, a former U.S. Mid-Amateur winner, aced the par-3 10th at Pine Valley en route to the opening-round lead at the Crump Cup.
Making a hole-in-one in a competition is already a memorable moment. But to make that ace during a high-profile tournament at the top-ranked course in the country takes things to a new level of accomplishment.
At the end of play Thursday in the opening round of the 97th Crump Cup at New Jersey’s Pine Valley Golf Club, Scott Harvey and Charles Waddell could both brag about doing just that.
Harvey, 44, holed out from the tee on the par-3 10th hole. It came en route to shooting a two-under 68 and grabbing a share of the lead in the 74-player Open Division of the annual mid-amateur event at the course that sits No. 1 on the Golf Digest America’s 100 Greatest Courses lists. Harvey from Kernersville, N.C., won the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur and reached the quarterfinals in the 2022 edition last week.
Waddell trails Harvey by one shot after an opening 69 that including an ace on the par-3 fifth hole.
This was Harvey’s eighth career hole-in-one with a handful coming in competitions, including one at the 2018 U.S. Amateur Four-ball Championship. Waddell, a 37-year-old from Kenilworth, Ill., had never made an ace in a tournament round.
The top 16 players after the end of Friday’s second round of stroke-play qualifying advance to championship match-play bracket, with play scheduled over the weekend.