By CRAIG DOLCH
Special to South Florida PGA
PLANTATION (Aug. 4, 2020) – Jeremy Wells fired a bogey-free 64 Tuesday to win the National Car Rental South Florida PGA Assistant Professional Championship at Plantation Preserve Golf Club.
Wells shot a 6-under 30 on the front nine and won by two shots over Ryan Zylstra of the Quarry Golf Club and Michael Welch of Bonita National. Wells took the lead with an eagle at the par-5 eighth hole and endured an almost three-hour rain delay.
“I got off to a fantastic start and it was time to hang on for dear life against some really good players and great friends,” said Wells, the Director of Player Development at Cypress Lake Country Club in Fort Myers.
“I birdied the first hole, hit a crummy shot on the second hole and chipped in for birdie. That calmed me down. It was just a matter of making the next birdie.”
Or the eagle at No. 8, when Wells hit a 6-iron to 15 feet and made a big-bending putt that just caught the side door. The long weather delay came just as he was about to hit his approach on the par-3 12th hole. He birdied two of the last three holes to clinch the victory.
After starting the 36-hole event with seven pars Monday, Wells played his last 29 holes in 14-under.
“Scoring wise, that’s by far the best I’ve ever played,” said the 29-year-old Wells. “I’m very proud of the way I controlled the ball. It felt easy all week. That’s not normal for me. That’s not normal for any of us out here.”
Zylstra, who led after an opening 65, also didn’t make a bogey Tuesday, but his 67 left him two shots back. Welch made seven birdies and a bogey for a 66.
Wells, Zylstra and Welch were joined by Ryan Fountain (68-135) of the Bear’s Club and Matthew Sheperd of McArthur (67-136) in qualifying for the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship Nov. 12-15 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie.
“It’s the first time I’ve qualified for the national tournament, and I’m proud to go there and represent the Section,” Wells said. “It’s amazing what the South Florida PGA has been able to do with the virus going on … having to constantly change courses to keep us competing.”
The National Car Rental South Florida PGA Assistant Professional Championship, run by the South Florida PGA, is supported by Srixon, Cleveland Golf, XXIO, ASICS and John Deere.
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