Monday Morning Golf Report
March 29, 2010
Kyle Reifers opened the Nationwide Tour's Chitimacha Louisiana Open with rounds of 70 and 71 but it was a pair of 67s on the weekend that allowed him to leap frog his way up the leaderboard and ultimately finish second.
Reifers made just one bogey over the final 36 holes and recorded his best finish of the young season. He has made the cut in all three of his events this season and is now 15th on the money list with just over $47,000.
This was the first event in the states this season for the Nationwide Tour. After taking the next two weeks off, the Tour will resume a normal schedule starting with the Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif.
Arnold Palmer played host at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this past week on the PGA Tour. Both Bill Haas and Webb Simpson were in the field at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla. Haas would post his third-straight top-20 finish while Simpson missed the cut after rounds of 73-76.
Haas started with rounds of 72-71 to make the cut at 1-under par and then moved into the top-20 with a 2-under 70 on Saturday. Despite a 73 on Sunday, Haas finished tied for 17th at 2-under par. Tied for 17th is the worst he could finish as a dozen still have to finish their final rounds on Monday morning.
The Bob Hope Classic winner will now take next week off as he prepares for the Masters in two weeks. Simpson is in the field at the Shell Houston Open this week, trying to earn the last spot into the Masters with a victory.
At the Champions Tour Cap Cana Championship at the Punta Espada Golf Club in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, Gary Hallberg carded rounds of 69-71-72 to post his best finish of the year, a tie for 25th.
Jay Haas was also in the field last week in the Dominican and he finished tied for 45th after rounds of 72-72-73. The Champions Tour will return to the states in the two weeks for the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at the TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla.
The Futures Tour held its second event of the season last week at the Riviera Nayarit Challenge in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico. Three former Deacons were in the field led by 2009 graduate Nannette Hill. The Pelham, NY, native grabbed a share of the opening round lead after a 4-under 69 but a second round 76 dropped her back. She finished with an even-par 73 on Sunday to claim a share of 21st and cashed her first check on Tour.
After a tough opening round of 77, Laura Crawford rebounded with rounds of with 74-73 to make the cut and finished tied for 55th. Maggie Simons was the third Deacon in the field but a second round 79 left her two shots off the cut line.
The Futures Tour will take a week off before returning to the states to host the Daytona Beach Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla., on April 9-11.
The LPGA Tour will host its first major of the season this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Laura Diaz received a sponsor invitation and will be in the field.
Three former Deacons made the at the EGolf Tour's Golf in Morroco Classic, which was played at the Columbia Country Club in Columbia, SC. Coming off a tied for sixth last week, Chris Cannon continued his stellar play finishing tied for seventh this week after rounds of 69-67-71-72=279 (-8). Chris McCartin fired a third round 67 on his way to finishing tied for 16th at 4-under par and Dustin Groves would finish tied for 39th at 1-under after an opening 68.
Cortland Lowe, Chad Wilfong and Doug Manchester were also in the field but all three players would miss the cut. The Tour will be off next week before hosting The Championship at St. James Plantation in Southport, NC, on April 7-10.
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