Monday Morning Golf Report

March 22, 2010

Both Webb Simpson and Bill Haas enjoyed a good week at the PGA Tour's Transitions Championship in Tampa, Fla., as the former Deacons finished in the top-20.

Simpson opened with a tough 2-over 73 but bounced-back with a 2-under 69 on Friday and a sensational bogey-free 6-under 65 on Saturday to jump to a tie for ninth. After a final round 72, the Raleigh, NC, native posted his second top-15 of the year as he finished tied for 13th at 5-under par.

Haas had a steady start to the week, carding rounds of 70-71-71 and stood tied for 33rd at 1-under par heading into the final round. He opened Sunday's round with four birdies in the first five holes and would post a 3-under 68 to finish tied for 16th.

The duo will return to action this weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla.

At the EGolf Tour's Cabarrus Classic in Concord, NC, four former Deacons finished in the top-35 led by Chris Cannon. Cannon played one year for the Deacs before returning home to England. He opened with a 69 and then posted three-straight rounds of 70 to finish tied for eighth at 9-under par.

Dustin Groves posted a pair of 70s to start the week and closed with a solid 69 to finish tied for 18th at 6-under pay while Chad Wilfong and Cortland Lowe each finished tied for 34th at 4-under par. Doug Manchester was the fifth Demon Deacon in the field but he would miss the cut.

The Tour will return to action this week at the Golf in Morocco Classic in Columbia, SC.

The Futures Tour held its first event of the 2010 season this past week at the Florida's Natural Charity Classic in Winter Haven, Fla. Nannette Hill carded rounds of 72-76 and finished tied for 50th at 4-over par while Laura Crawford posted rounds of 71-80 to finish one shot out of the money.

Hill and Crawford will be joined by fellow Deacon Maggie Simons this week as the Futures Tour heads south of the border for the Rivera Nayarit Challenge in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit - Mexico.

The Nationwide Tour holds its first event state-side this week at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in Broussard, La., while the Champions Tour will also return to action this week at The Cap Cana Championship in Cap Cana, Dominican.

The LPGA Tour makes its debut in the states this week at the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. Laura Diaz, who gave birth to a baby girl on Jan. 28, will be playing her first event of the 2010 season.

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