Tie atop PGA Tour Latinoamerica Qualifier

SEBRING - The first round of the NEC Series PGA Tour Latimnoamerica Qualifying Tournament was delayed a half hour by fog in the morning and a passing rain storm Tuesday at Sun 'n Lake Golf Club.

Of the 131 players, 39 were unable to finish their rounds on the demanding Deer Run course because of the inclement weather, among those who did, Americans Cody Paladino and Jacob Burger are tied at the top of the leaderboard with impressive scores of 5-under 67.

Jared Steger, Stephen Jaeger, Tom Berry, Will Coleman and Michael Schachner are two strokes back at 3-under 69, while Charlie Harrison and Paul Jacobsen are at 70.

Paladino, from Connecticut, carded nines of 34-33 in his 67, which included birdies on No. 17, a tough Par 4, and No. 18, a difficult Par 3.

Burger, from South Carolina, also had nines of 34-33, which included six birdies against one bogey.

The tournament continues through Friday and the competitors are battling for NEC Series PGA Tour Latinoamerica cards for the 2014 season.

The top 20 players will earn full exempt status, while the next 25 players earn conditional status.

Players from 13 countries are competing this week, with 75 percent of the field made of up of Americans.

The qualifying tournament has a pair of local players in the field and Rocky Khara carded an opening round 76 on the wind-swept day while Tim Chandler finished with a 77.

The second round continues today beginning at 7:40 a.m.

Cold weather and frost may delay the start of play and the competitors who did not finish Tuesday, will be first on the course to complete their opening round.

The public is invited to come out and watch some exciting golf action at no charge, but no carts will be available.