Rain halted play on Saturday at Palma Ceia
Golf & Country Club (Photo courtesy Gene Elliott)
TAMPA, Fla. — Scott Harvey, who recently
captured the South
American Amateur in Lima, Peru, won again at
Invitational, which due to heavy rains on the
final day was
shortened to just 36 holes.
Originally scheduled for a 54-hole tournament
at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club in Tampa,
Fla., heavy rain,
wind, and even lightning forced tournament
directors to call
the final round off, declaring the 36-hole leader
champion at 70-69.
The win is Harvey's second of the year
up the South
in January. Having won
the 2014 U.S.
Mid-Amateur, Harvey plans to play in the Azalea
March before heading to Augusta.
Kent Crymes of Birmingham shot back-to-back
rounds of 71
and took second place, followed by Joe Alfieri
Armstrong at three-over par 143.
The Gasparilla Invitational, a popular mid-
amateur event that
draws a national field, was cancelled for the first
time in 59
years in 2014 due to a fungus that took over the
More than 120 players took part in the 2015
event in its
return, including over 50 senior players. Steve Melnyk,
former broadcaster, Fred
Ridley, former USGA President and current chairman of
the competition committees
for the Masters, and Buddy Alexander, recently retired
Florida Gator golf coach
took part in the event.
Henderson, Ky. took home the senior title with
his T5 finish.
He shot 68 on day two.