Florida Golfer Drowns Looking For Lost Golf Ball

A golfer was found dead at a Tampa, Florida-area golf course this past weekend after authorities said he drowned searching for a lost golf ball.

Hermilo Jazmines, 74, was playing golf with a friend at the East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar, about 20 miles northwest of Tampa, on Sunday morning when he went missing after teeing off on the third hole.

Jazmines’ golf cart and putter were found abandoned near the pond, and after a search of the area by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the dive team responded and located Jazmines submerged in the water near his putter.

According to friends of Jazmines, he liked to search the course for lost golf balls while he played. 

Investigators say the evidence suggests Jazmines may have fallen into the water and drowned.

“The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, however, it does not appear to be suspicious at this time,” the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.