EAST MANATEE -- Two Fort Myers-based golfers, Chase Marinell and Brandon Lee, fired 5-under par 67s to share the first lead in the West Florida Golf Tour's Summer Tour Championship held at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club.
They hold a one-shot lead over three players -- Tampa's David Branshaw, Tampa's Kevin Roy and Georgia's John Hopper. The top local residents include Bradenton's Sean Jacklin (70) and Samuel Chavez (70), who are both tied for eighth place.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament continues Tuesday and concludes Wednesday. The top two players on the Summer Tour money list following the Ritz tournament will receive their entry fee into the PGA Tour's Lationoamerica Q-School.
Lakewood Ranch resident Chris Kennedy currently sits atop the list with just over $14,000 in earnings, and Doug Letson is in second with just under $13,000. Marinell occupies the third spot with $9,336 in earnings thus far.