Monday Morning Golf Report
May 11, 2009
With the Nationwide Tour taking the week off, 2006 graduate Kyle Reifers came back to North Carolina to compete in the Tar Heel Tour's Walnut Creek Championship this week. Riefers carded four under-par rounds on his way to a runner-up finish.
The Columbus, Ohio, native fired a bogey-free 6-under 65 in the second round and followed that with a 64 in the third round that included six birdies and an eagle.
For the year, Reifers has made a little over $72,000 between the Nationwide Tour and the Tar Heel Tour. His $41,000 on the Nationawide Tour in eight starts has him 26th on the money list. The top-25 on the money list at the end of the season earn their PGA Tour cards for next season.
Chris McCartin also had a very good week at the Walnut Creek Championship, finishing tied for 4th and cashing the largest check of his career. Like Reifers, he too fired four under par rounds of 69-67-65-68=269 (-15).
This was the fourth cut made in six starts on the Tar Heel Tour this season for McCartin, and he currently stands 33rd on the money list.
Cortland Lowe, who earlier this season Monday qualified for the PGA Tour's Buick Open, carded a sizzling bogey-free 8-under 63 in the second round of the Walnut Creek Championship on his was to a tie for 35th.
Lowe has made five cuts so far this season on the Tar Heel Tour.
Also last week, Jerry Haas traveled to North Myrtle Beach to compete in the 85th Horry County State Bank Carolinas Open at Surf Golf and Beach Club.
Haas came out of the gate quick, making five birdies and no bogeys on his way to an opening round 66. He was tied for the lead after the first round and wound up with a solid seventh-place finish.
Simpson was in a tough spot going into the week, as he was on the alternate list. He moved up to first alternate early in the week and found out Thursday morning that he would be playing in the third to last grouping later that afternoon.
Laura Diaz suffered the same fate as she too missed the cut this weekend at the LPGA's Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill. The ladies now head to New Jersey for the Sybase Classic Presented by ShopRite.
The PGA Tour will host the Valero Texas Open this week while both the Champions and Nationwide Tours also get back in action. The Champions Tour will host the Regions Charity Classic in Birmingham, Ala., and the Nationwide guys will be at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
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