MOORESVILLE – Steve Harwell is on a roll.
The 56-year-old Mooresville golfer has won three tournaments since the beginning of April, the last being the North Carolina Senior Amateur May 9 at Bermuda Run Country Club in Advance.
After his partnership victory in the Carolina Senior Four-Ball Championship, it was the first individual Carolinas Golf Association win of his amateur career.
“I finished second in every single CGA event there is, multiple times,” Harwell said. “To finally get a win in a CGA event, I’ve finally got that monkey off my back.”
Harwell came into the final round at Bermuda Run with a one-shot lead but by the time his group reached the back 9, Dean Channell of Cary had played himself into a tie for first. Harwell was able to recapture a one-shot lead with a par on the par-4 11th then collected an eagle on the par-4 13th to separate himself from the field. It was a wire-to-wire win.
“All the long hours on the range, all the practice putts, all the experience came through, and I was able to get it done,” said Harwell, who is a member of Mooresville Golf Club and River Run Country Club.
The most prestigious of the championship trifecta was the George L. Coleman Invitational in Seminole, Fla., where Harwell came out on top of golfers from across the country.
“To be able to win that was a dream come true,” Harwell said. “Just to have the confidence that I could win, and I think I carried that over from there. It’s been a fun ride.”
Harwell has been playing competitively since coming out of Guilford College in the mid-‘80s, entering tournaments when time allows.
“I was born to compete,” he said. “I like competing, so that gets the competitive juices flowing.”
Harwell is looking forward to getting his juices flowing for the U.S. Senior Amateur, to be played later this year at Old Chatham Golf Club near Jordan Lake.
“That’s the crown you want,” he said.