Feb. 9, 2004
PANAMA CITY, Panama -
Former Baylor All-American golfer Jimmy Walker fired a 1-under par 69 to finish seven under for the tournament and claim his first career Nationwide Tour victory at the $500,000 BellSouth Panama Championships Sunday.
"Yo Amo a Panama," said Walker. "I love Panama. This is a really cool place to get your first win. The crowds were great, having them cheer for you is awesome."
Walker, a 2001 Baylor graduate, was one of only three players to finish below par at the difficult par-70 Panama Golf Club, which featured severe sloping greens. He finished five strokes ahead of Tom Scherrer (-2) and six ahead of Ryan Armour (-1). With a cumulative 72.812 average, the course would have ranked as the toughest in relation to par on the tour last season.
For his victory, Walker earns a career-best $90,000 and earns fully-exempt status on the Nationwide Tour for the rest of the season and all of 2005. Walker, who now resides in San Antonio, has finished in the top 25 in 17 of his 32 starts on the tour, including eight top 10 showings.