American Cody Slover triumphs in Colombian TLA event

For four and a half years, American Cody Slover has been waiting for a professional victory.

The long wait ended suddenly when his 20-foot putt on the 72nd hole dropped for an eagle, giving him a one-stroke victory at the Pacific Colombia Tour presented by Helm Barranquilla Open Sunday afternoon.

His final round 71 for a 1-under par 287 edged Chile’s Benjamín Alvarado. The $100,000 event was co-sanctioned by the Tour de las Americas and the Canadian Tour at the extremely windy Country Club de Barranquilla.

“This win is kind of validating you know, because of all the stuff I have been working on over the past few years and all the trials I’ve gone through to get to here. It’s finally paying off and I can see it now, so it’s nice,” Slover said.

Starting the final round with a one-stroke lead, Slover was shaky. After parring the first two holes, he went bogey, double-bogey, bogey to slip behind.

“Instead of just making and error and moving on I kept making it worse and worse. Fortunately, I made some birdies coming in, got through it and then the eagle was nice to cap it off there on 18,” added the 26-year old from California.

His efforts in Barranquilla’s severe wind were rewarded with a check for US $18,000 that moved him to first in the Canadian Tour’s Order of Merit. Slover’s win was also the first by a Canadian Tour member in an event co-sanctioned with the Tour de las Americas.

Following an impressive wire-to-wire win at the Chile Open that started the TLA season three weeks ago, Chile’s Benjamín Alvarado lost this one at the end. The 25-year old made four birdies and one bogey on the front nine. However, a bogey on 17 and a missed fifteen footer for eagle on 18 ended his chances.

Mexico’s Oscar Serna, who closed the day with an even-par 72 and finished alone in third. Another stroke behind was a group including, leading Colombian Julián Colmenares, 75, Mexico’s Alex Quiroz, 73, and Argentina’s César Monasterio, 72, and Julián Etulain, 75.

The Tour de las Americas and the Canadian Tour move next to Colombia’s capital city of Bogota to co-sanction the Tour Championship Pacific Colombia Tour presented by Helm. The US $130,000-dollar event is scheduled to begin Thursday at the Club Campestre Guaymaral.

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