eGolf Tour Florida: Varner holds off Brand for Victory

Harold Varner III held off Christian Brand during Thursday's final round of the eGolf Professional Tour's Florida series at the Lee Westwood Golf School Open, held at Errol Estate Golf and Country Club. Carding a final round 6-under 64 to finish off his week at 15-under to win the series' inaugural event by two strokes.

Varner, who held the 36 lead got off to a hot start in his final round, opening with back-to-back birdies on his opening two holes. Followed by two more birdies on Nos. 4 and 5 to card birdies on four of his first five holes.

His hot start saw his score quickly go to 4-under on his round and 12-under for the tournament.

One of three bogeys on his round came at the par-4, 7th, before carding another bogey on No. 9 to make the turn in 31, and 11-under overall.

Not to be out done, Brand opened his final round carding three birdies on his opening nine. Including back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 to keep the pressure on Varner the entire round.

Varner stumbled to open his inward nine, with a bogey on the par-4, 10th. However he did not have to wait long to gain that stroke back -- And then some. Pouring in an eagle on the oar-5, 11th to get back to 5-under on his round and to 14-under overall.

Brand would follow suit with a birdie of his own on the par-5, 11th and with an eagle of his own at the par-4, 15th. Following that up with a birdie on No. 16 to really put the pressure on the former ECU standout.

A double-bogey at the par-4, 17th would be Brand's undoing down the stretch.

Although he did equal Varner's birdie on the 18th and had no other blemishes on his card, those two dropped strokes would be the wining defect for Varner in the Florida series inaugural event.

With the win, Varner takes home the $12,500 winner's check as well as a free membership to the eGolf Professional Tour's Florida series for the season.


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