SEBRING, Fla. (January 22, 2014) – The NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s second and final Qualifying Tournament for the 2014 season has yet to reach its halfway point. With play being suspended due to darkness at 5:57 p.m. on Wednesday, a total of 21 players were left on the course with at least one hole to play in Round 2.
Will Coleman finished the day in the lead at 6-under. The American followed his opening 69 with four birdies against one bogey in the 15 holes he was able to complete on Wednesday. Coleman will be among the nearly two dozen players who will resume play at 7:20 a.m. Thursday.
Stephen Jaeger of Munich, Germany birdied No. 18 to card a 70 right at the end of the day. That was good enough for him to secure the clubhouse lead at 5-under 139. The 24-year old was previously a Web.com Tour member and entered the week as one of the players to watch at the Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club’s Deer Run Golf Course.
As soon as the second round gets completed on Thursday morning, the competitors battling for NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica status will be re-paired by score. The third round is expected to start approximately at 9 a.m. from both the first and 10th tees. The players with the higher scores will be starting early and those with the lowest scores late.
Weather. Sunny and clear with temperatures rising to near 56 degrees. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. The morning was colder with temperatures in the low 40s. The wind was not a factor in the afternoon.
Thoughts on the weather. “We definitely got the better end of the draw,” Peter Campbell of Canada said. “The morning guys today had it pretty tough and cold, so we were lucky… It was nice out there. Couldn’t ask for better weather.” The Canadian carded a 68 -- the day’s low round -- to move into the fourth spot after starting at 12:10 p.m.
What’s at stake? This week’s competitors are battling for NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica cards for the 2014 season. The leading 20 will earn full status, while the rest of the players finishing in the top 45 and ties will earn conditional status.
Best rounds of the day:
68 (-4) Peter Campbell (CAN)
69 (-3) Ben Klaus (USA), David Chung (USA), Max Scodro (USA)
69 (-3) Ben Klaus (USA)
WD: Ryan Batty (USA)
DQ: Steven Bass (USA), Andrew Larkin (USA)
The season ahead. The 2014 season of NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica will consist of 16 events in 10 countries across Latin America. The season, to be played in two swings, will begin on Feb. 17 with the Colombian Open in Bucaramanga, Colombia. The season will be a race for players looking to finish the year among Los Cinco – the Order of Merit’s Top 5 – who will earn playing status on the Web.com Tour in 2015. By competing on NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, players also have the opportunity to earn status on PGA TOUR Canada and exemptions into the second and final stages of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.