Monday Morning Golf Report
Monday Morning Golf Report

May 3, 2010

Despite a tough round on Sunday, Bill Haas enjoyed a solid week at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, NC, as he finished tied for 29th at 1-under par.

Haas opened the tournament with rounds of 71-70-70 and was just a couple of shots off the lead through nine holes on Sunday but six bogeys on the final nine left him with a final round 76.

Cortland Lowe survived a 4-for-1 playoff with a chip-in eagle on Monday to qualify for the tournament this past weekend. He then carded rounds of 75-72 (+3) but would miss the cut which fell at 1-over par. Fellow Deacon Webb Simpson also missed at 3-over after rounds of 74-73.

Simpson, Haas and Jay Haas will all now head to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for the Players Championship this week at the TPC of Sawgrass. This year has already proved fruitful for the Deacons at the TPC of Sawgrass as the men's team finished second at the JU Invitational in February and senior Brendan Gielow birdied two of his final three holes to win the individual title on the course.

At the Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Biloxi, Miss., Gary Hallberg was 7-under par over the weekend to post his best finish of the season. Hallberg carded rounds of 66-71 on Saturday and Sunday and finished the tournament tied for ninth at 5-under par. His best finish this season prior to this week was tied for 25th at the Cap Cana Championship in March.

Leonard Thompson also had his best finish of the season as he tied for 19th after opening the tournament with a season-low 5-under 67. Jay Haas was just two shots off the lead heading into the final round but a 77 on Sunday dropped him back to a tie with Thompson at 1-under par.

Jay Sigel was the fourth Demon Deacon in the field this week and he tied for 65th after rounds of 74-76-75. The tour will now take this week off before returning to action at the Regions Charity Classic at the Robert Trent Jones Trail at Ross Bridge in Hoover, Ala., on May 14-16.

Kyle Reifers got off to a great start at the Nationwide Tour's Stadion Athens Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course with an opening round 68 but he would miss the cut after an uncharacteristic 80 on Friday. The Nationwide Tour will also have this week off and will host the BMW Charity Pro-Am in two weeks.

Laura Diaz made her first cut of the season at the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico, this past weekend. She opened with a five birdies in a round of 73 and followed that with a 72 in the second round. Despite a 76 on Saturday, Diaz made four more birdies on Sunday to close with a 72 and finished tied for 47th.

Like the Champions and Nationwide Tours, the LPGA Tour will have this week off before hosting the Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala., on May 13-16.

Nannette Hill opened the Futures Tour Texas Hill Country Classic with rounds of 72-74 but closed with an 8-over 80 on Sunday to finish tied for 64th at 10-over par. Fellow Deacon Laura Crawford carded rounds of 76-79 but missed the cut. The Futures Tour will be off until it hosts the Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City Championship in Leawood, Kan., on May 14-16.

The EGolf Tour will host the Cowans Ford Open this week at the Cowans Ford Country Club in Stanley, NC. Cortland Lowe will join fellow Deacons Doug Manchester, Chris McCartin, Dustin Groves, Chad Wilfong and Chris Cannon in the field.

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