Renowned Carolinas amateur Bill Harvey, 82, dies
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Bill Harvey, a prolific amateur champion whose titles include the 1963 Porter Cup and three Carolinas Amateurs, died Oct. 13 at his home in Greensboro, N.C., after a long fight with cancer. He was 82.
Harvey, a longtime member at Sedgefield Country Club, a former PGA Tour stop, won the Carolinas Amateur in 1964, '65 and '73 and qualified for 18 U.S. Amateurs. He also was a past champion in the North Carolina Open, Carolinas Four-Ball and the Greensboro City Championship.
John Inman, a former PGA Tour player who coached at North Carolina, knew Harvey well from having grown up in Greensboro and played many competitive rounds with Harvey.
"He had such grit and was a tough, tough player," Inman told the Greensboro News & Record. "To have the kind of amateur record he had, you knew he was tough. Back then, I was in my 20s and he was in his 50s, and he was still one hell of a player."
Harvey's son Scott, 35, who in 2011 joined his father as a Carolinas Amateur champion, told the News & Record that his father cast a big shadow in amateur golf.
“To this day, people will hear my name, make the connection and tell me something great about my dad," Scott Harvey said. "And it doesn’t matter where I am: Seattle, Arizona, Texas, you name it.”