March 23, 2014
DENTON, Texas – The rise of Carlos Ortiz to stardom on the Web.com Tour hit a new level as the former North Texas great captured the Panama Claro Championship by scorching the field to win by four shots.
The win for Ortiz was worth $112,500 and it is the first win for a former North Texas golfer on a PGA Tour event since Joel Edwards won the Air Canada Championship in 2001.
Ortiz started the day one stroke behind the leaders heading into the final round, but surged to the top of the leaderboard with a 6-under par 64, the lowest round on the day. Ortiz began his climb to the top with three straight birdies on the front 9 holes, and was 4-under on the day after making the turn.
He sealed the win with a birdie on the 16th hole as he played a flawless final round to pick up his second career professional win.
It is the first win for Ortiz on the Web.com Tour in only his fourth start. He is now second on the money list on the Web.com Tour having earned $171,500 in four events, Ortiz was a four-year all-conference performer for North Texas from 2010-13 and helped lead the Mean Green to back-to-back conference titles in 2012 and 2013.
Ortiz is back in action March 27-30 at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open Presented by NACHER in Broussard, La.