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
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5