Golfer Drowns In Pond Whilst Looking For Lost Ball

A 74-year-old was found dead in a pond on a golf course near Tampa, Florida

Golfer Drowns In Pond
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A 74-year-old was found dead in a pond on a golf course near Tampa, Florida

Golfer Drowns In Pond Whilst Looking For Lost Ball

A golfer has sadly drowned on a Florida course whilst looking for a lost golf ball, police have confirmed.

A 74-year-old male, named as Hermilo Jazmines, was reportedly last seen looking for his golf ball near the green on the 3rd hole at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, near Tampa.

The incident happened on 28th February just after 7.30am, with investigators saying that the evidence suggests Jazmines fell into the water and drowned.

At about 7.37am, Jazmines teed off on the 3rd hole and was last seen looking for his ball near the green.

His golf cart was parked on the cart path and his putter was found lying on the ground near the water.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office dive team responded and located Jazmines submerged in the water near his putter.

He was pronounced dead on scene.

Jasminzes liked to search the course for lost golf balls, his friends said according to police deputies.

The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, which does not appear to be suspicious at this time.

Next of kin has been notified and the investigation continues.

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x