Scott Harvey wins rain-shortened Gasparilla Invitational
Rain halted play on Saturday at Palma Ceia<br>Golf & Country Club (Photo courtesy Gene Elliott)
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 the Gasparilla Invitational, which due to heavy rains on the final day was shortened to just 36 holes.

Originally scheduled for a 54-hole tournament ending Saturday 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 Harvey the champion at 70-69.

Scott Harvey
The win is Harvey's second of the year after wrapping up the South American Amateur in January. Having won the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur, Harvey plans to play in the Azalea Invitational in March before heading to Augusta.

Kent Crymes of Birmingham shot back-to-back rounds of 71 and took second place, followed by Joe Alfieri and Brian 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 course's greens.

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.

David Clement of Henderson, Ky. took home the senior title with his T5 finish. He shot 68 on day two.

Results: Gasparilla Invitational
1NCScott HarveyKernersville, NC30070-69=139
2ALKent CrymesBirmingham, AL20071-71=142
T3FLJoe AlfieriLutz, FL10072-71=143
T3FLBrian ArmstrongTampa, FL10070-73=143
T5KYDave ClementHenderson, KY10076-68=144

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ABOUT THE Gasparilla Invitational

54-hole individual stroke play championship with a cut after 36 holes to the low 60 and ties. Good mix of Florida players and national competitors looking for an early season tune up. Played on a traditional, tree lined golf course that isn't very long but has small, undulating greens.

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