Felipe Velazquez wins lightning shortened event by 1 shot
Velazquez had completed 18 holes at 5-under par 67
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Felipe Velazquez of Venezuela was awarded his first victory on the Golfslinger.com Tour when play was halted by lightning Wednesday afternoon on the Estate course at the PGA National Resort and Spa.

Velazquez was four under par through 15 holes, the most that the last players off the tee among the 29 starters had completed. Velazquez had finished his round at five under par 67 to share the early lead. He eagled the short, par-5 fifth hole and birdied the ninth and 15th, both par-5s.

Velazquez, whose American home is in Pompano Beach, was making his 12th Golfslinger start since July, 2013, and received $700 from the $3,654 purse, raising his career earnings to $2,959.

Jimmy Lytle, who like Velazquez, had completed play at 5-under par 67 before the lightning delay, birdied the 17th and eagled the 18th hole, only to have them erased by the event being called after 15 holes.  He finished T3.

There were 20 players still on the course at 1:37pm when nearby lightning strikes halted play. Tour policy does not allow players back on the course after a lightning suspension of play until a 10 mile radius is clear of lighting for 30 minutes.

At 4pm Tour Owner Jay Slazinski made the decision to call it a day based upon the lightning in the area, the horrendous looking radar, and the amount of daylight left. "When I made the decision at 4pm it seemed truely unlikely we were going to have enough daylight left to safely finish the tournament.  But of course 90 minutes later the weather cleared and I think we could have finished the event by 6:30 or so," explained Slazinski. "In the future we will wait until the estimated time left to finish exceeds the amount of daylight available."

Golfslinger play resumes Thursday at Martin Downs CC in Palm City.

PGA Estate Shootout

50% Payout* lightning shortened to 15 holes, Par 59

Event Details

Start: 10/15/2014
Rounds: 1

Players: 29
Entry: $180
Purse: $3654

Event Photos

55 - Felipe Velazquez - $700* lightning shortened to 15 holes

PGA National - Estates
7736 Bay Hill Drive
West Palm Beach, FL  33412

(561) 627-1614

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Tournament Results Scoring Details

Score Player Amount
55Felipe Velazquez1 $700.00
56Dan McCarthy2 $550.00
57Brandon Smith (a)T3 $390.00
57Jimmy LytleT3 $390.00
57Derrick Sherard T3 $390.00
58Kristian Caparros6 $250.00
59JD Guiney T7 $162.50
59Nathan Stamey T7 $162.50
59Stephen Grant T7 $162.50
59T.J. Patel T7 $162.50
60Alexander BastidasT11 $72.00
60Ryan MillerT11 $72.00
60Gregory Della-PietraT11 $72.00
60Stephane ChauffourT11 $72.00
61Jay Woodward (a)T15 $23.00
61Joel GibbonsT15 $23.00
62Collin Neeman $0.00
62Justin Dorward $0.00
62Anthony Gardner $0.00
62Jeb Buchanan $0.00
62Alvin Okada $0.00
63Nick Jones $0.00
63Brian Fister $0.00
65Dustin Wallis $0.00
67Sam Boyd $0.00
NCJeff Hatten $0.00
NCGordon Parker $0.00
NCRobert Mitten $0.00
WDJim Fitzpatrick $0.00

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