PLANTATION, Fla. – Tom Gillis of Oxford, Mich., tuning up for the PGA Tour this year, won the opening event of the Golfslinger.com Tour’s ninth season Friday with a one under par 70 on the East course at Jacaranda Golf Club.
The only player to break par-71, Gillis aced the 190-yard third hole with a 5-iron after a bogey-birdie start. Then after he bogeyed the fourth hole, Gillis settled down, turned in 34, and made one birdied (No. 11) and one bogey (No. 13) on the inward nine.
Gillis earned $1,000 from the $4,200 purse, a winner’s share which is guaranteed for all champions of 18-hole events this season. He finished 106th on the PGA Tour money list last season with $814,147 in 19 starts.
Six players tied for second place with 72, Daniel Candon of Bay Harbor Island, Fernando Figueroa, Doral, Devin Kay, Boca Raton, Jimmy Lytle of Ocean Ridge, Chris Scialo from New City, N.Y., and Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs.
Jimmy Lytle earned conditional Nationwide Tour status by advacing to the finals of 2012 PGA Tour Q-School and Alexis Thompson earned her 2012 LPGA Tour Card by winning by 5 shots on that tour last summer.
There were 33 starters for the inaugural event on the Golfslinger tour, formerly known as the Fuzion-Minor League Golf Tour. Next on the schedule: Monday, Ironhorse GC, West Palm Beach, and Wednesday-Thursday, Abacoa GC, Jupiter.
There was $160 in the skins pot with 5 skins out worth $32 each.
#2, #3 (Hole-in-one)- Tom Gillis
#8- Bill Binder
#9- Sunny Kim
#17- E.B. Bartlett
|70||Tom Gillis||1||$1,000.00||Lake Orion, MI|
|72||Daniel Candon||T2||$342.50||Bay Harbor|
|72||Jimmy Lytle||T2||$342.50||Ocean Ridge, FL|
|72||Alexis Thompson||T2||$342.50||Coral Springs|
|72||Fernando Figueroa||T2||$342.50||El Salvador|
|72||Devin Kay||T2||$342.50||Potomac, MD|
|72||Chris Scialo||T2||$342.50||New City, NY|
|74||Sunny Kim||T9||$175.00||Queens, NY|
|74||Pierre-Henri Soero||T9||$175.00||Palm Beach Gardens, FL|
|75||Mike Larkin||T11||$101.67||Yorktown, NY|
|75||Jim Fitzpatrick||T11||$101.67||Stratford, CT|
|75||Frank McAuliffe IV||T11||$101.67||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|76||Scott Miller||T14||$57.00||Wyckoff, NJ|
|76||Will Portfolio||T14||$57.00||Ridgewood, NJ|
|76||Josh DeWees (a)||T14||$57.00||Canton, Ohio|
|76||Nicholas Thompson||T14||$57.00||Coral Springs, FL|
|76||Tim Turpen||T14||$57.00||Palm Beach Gardens|
|78||Christian De Greiff||19||$0.00||Medellin, Colombia|
|79||Michael Capolongo||T20||$0.00||White Plains, NY|
|79||Matt Springer||T20||$0.00||Gary, IN|
|80||Jurrian van der Vaart||T22||$0.00||Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|82||Stevenson Clarke (a)||T25||$0.00||West Palm Beach, FL|
|83||E.B. Bartlett (a)||27||$0.00||Greenville, NC|
|84||Thomas A Ste Marie||T28||$0.00||Montreal, Quebec|
|84||Josh Jones||T28||$0.00||Surfside, SC|
|84||Jared Fishman||T28||$0.00||Aventura, FL|
|86||John Vion||31||$0.00||Coral Springs, FL|
|87||Bill Binder||32||$0.00||Princeton, NJ|
|89||Mustapha Assorhani||33||$0.00||N. Miami Beach, FL|