Bridgestone Winter Series: James Vargas wins at Shingle Creek
NCAA champion Scott Langley finishes second
Orlando, Fla. – November 8, 2012 – For many golfers in the field, the NGA TOUR Bridgestone Winter Series event at Shingle Creek Golf Club this week provided a perfect tune up for the Second Stage of PGA TOUR Q-School. And James Vargas hopes it was a foreshadowing of things to come as well.
Vargas, a former University of Florida standout from Miami, carded a tournament-low 65 in the first round, held off 2010 NCCA individual champion Scott Langley down the stretch and earned his fourth BWS victory on Thursday.
“It’s great to get a win right before second stage,” said Vargas, who easily advanced out of first stage. “It builds your confidence every time you win, so it’s nice to have tons of confidence going into next week.”
On Tuesday, Vargas likely was still carrying some confidence from his T10 finish in first stage as he torched Shingle Creek with nine birdies and two bogeys in the first round en route to the early lead.
“It’s huge to get off to a good start in these events, because they’re only three rounds,” said Vargas. “You need to get after it early and keep the pedal to the medal. I’m glad I did because the weather changed and the last two rounds everybody was grinding.”
Vargas did that well, too.
After getting out to an early lead, the former Gator only had one blemish during his second-round 69. Vargas stretched his lead in the final round by going 4-under par through the first 13 holes before dropping two shots late in the round. But by then, it didn’t matter. Vargas finished two shots clear of Langley with rounds of 65-69-70 for a 12-under 204 total and earned $10,110 for the victory.
“If the conditions were different in the final two rounds, I know I would have needed to shoot lower,” said Vargas. “It was cold and windy and I knew it was going to be tough on everybody. I felt like if I played solid and limited my mistakes it would force somebody to shoot 5 or 6 under to catch me. When it’s playing tough like that, it’s great to have the lead.”
Langley, a former two-time All-American at the University of Illinois, came up short of winning his first NGA TOUR event, but his runner-up finish was a career-best for the Manchester, Mo., native. Langley finished with rounds of 66-71-69 for a 10-under 206 total and earned $5,056 for the second-place effort.
Riley Wheeldon of Comox, Canada, finished third with rounds of 67-71-69 for a 9-under 207 total. Current Web.com Tour member Matt Harmon of Grand Rapids, Mich., posted a 3-under 69 in the final round to finish fourth at 7-under par, while Jesse Smith (69) and Allen John (70) finished fifth at 6-under par.
Wesley Graham (71) and Ryan Brehm (74) finished T7 at 5-under par, while Russ Berry (68), Cameron Carrico (69), David Lawrence (69), Randall Hutchison (73) and Chad Collins (73) finished T9 at 4-under par.
The NGA TOUR would like to thank all the players and staff at Shingle Creek for another great Bridgestone Winter Series event. The BWS will return to action next week at Harmony Golf Preserve.
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