Monday Morning Golf Report

March 1, 2010

Former Deacon Dustin Groves fired a final round 70 to finish solo fifth at the EGolf Tour's Savannah Quarter Classic at Savannah Quarters Country Club last week.

Groves opened with a solid round of 3-under 69 and finished the tournament at 4-under par. He made a total of 13 birdies for the week and earned over $9,300. It was his first cut made on the tour this season.

Cortland Lowe, Chris McCartin and Doug Manchester were also in the field last week but all three missed the cut. The next event for the tour will be the Cabarrus Classic in Concord, NC, on March 17-20.

On the PGA Tour, Webb Simpson shot rounds of 69-71 (-2) at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC of Scottsdale but missed the cut which fell at 3-under par. This was Simpson's first missed cut of the season. He made his first four cuts and has earned over $156,000 already this year.

Simpson, along with fellow Deacon Bill Haas, will return to the east coast this week as the duo is set to play in the Honda Classic at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The Nationwide Tour was in Republica De Panama for the Panama Claro Championship this past week as former Deacs Kyle Reifers and Ron Whittaker made their 2010 season debuts. Whittaker shot a nice 68 in the second round but fell two shots off the cut line. Reifers on the other hand shot rounds of 70-68 to make the cut and finished with a strong 4-under 66 to finish tied for 29th at 4-under par.

Both Reifers and Whittaker are in the field this week at the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open in Bogota, Columbia.

After a week off, the Champions Tour is back in action at the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach CC in Newport Beach, Calif., this week. Jay Haas, Gary Hallberg, Scott Hoch, Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins are all in the field.

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