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Smith drops opener at U.S. Mid-Am

Nathan Smith, left and Scott Harvey at the 4th tee box during the match play of the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur at JohnÕs Island Club (West Course) in Vero Beach, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.  (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)

Brookville’s Nathan Smith, at the 4th tee box during the match play of the U.S. Mid-Amateur at John’s Island Club (West Course) in Vero Beach, Fla. on Monday. (Copyright USGA/Chris Keane)

VERO BEACH, Fla. — After surviving a playoff for one of the final two spots of the 64-man match play bracket at the United States Golf Association’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Brookville native Nathan Smith dropped a 19-hole showdown to Scott Harvey in a battle of two Mid-Am champions.

Harvey, who was the top seed because of being the stroke play medalist, won last year’s Mid-Am title while Smith owns a record four Mid-Am titles he won in 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Monday afternoon’s match saw Smith, an investment banker who lives in Pittsburgh, extend to a 3-up lead through eight holes. However, Harvey squared the match after 12 holes.

Smith took a 1-up lead into No. 18 before Harvey birdied the hole to extend the match. On No. 1, Harvey sank a 14-foot birdie putt to advance to Tuesday’s second round.

It was just the second time in 11 trips to the Mid-Am that Smith failed to win his first-round match.

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