Monday Morning Golf Report

Sept. 28, 2009

Cortland Lowe has had a pretty good 2009 and it continued this past week as he shot rounds of 68-67-68 to finish tied for 14th at the EGolf Tour's Carrubus Classic at Charlotte National Golf Club.

Lowe has made 12 cuts on the EGolf Tour, which used to be known as the Tar Heel Tour. He has made nearly $30,000 and stands 39th on the money list. Earlier this year, Lowe Monday qualified for the PGA Tour's Buick Open at Torrey Pines and then played in the US Open at Bethpage after taking medalist honors at his US Open sectional site with a course record 62.

Three other former Deacons were also in the field, Sean Moore, Michael Capone and Chris McCartin, but all three missed the cut.

There were a total of five Demon Deacons in the field at the Champions Tour SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, N.C. Unfortunately, none of the five played as well as they would have hoped.

Leonard Thompson led the way with a tied for 64th finish after rounds of 74-74-73. Gary Hallberg finished a shot behind him at 6-over and Curtis Strange was a shot further back at 7-over.

Jay Sigel finished tied for 73rd at 9-over while Lanny Wadkins rounded out the group at 11-over. The guys will now head to Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, Md., for the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship this week.

Len Mattiace rebounded from a third round 74 to post a final round 68 at the Nationwide Tour's WNB Golf Classic at Midland Golf Club in Midland, Texas. Mattiace opened with a pair of 70s to finish at tied for 55th at 6-under par.

Ron Whittaker also made the cut this week and finished tied for 61st after rounds of 72-68-69-75.

This week is a big week for the Nationwide guys. Kyle Reifers comes into the week 54th on the money list while Whittaker is 84th. This week's tournament, the Soboba Classic at The CC at Soboba Springs in San Jacinto, Calif., has a one million dollar purse, one of the largest on tour. It is the richest purse of the three events remaining before the Nationwide Tour Championship. Only the top-60 on the money list make the Tour Championship and only the top-25 at season's end earn their PGA Tour cards for 2010.

Laura Diaz's tough season continued this week as she shot rounds of 76-77 and missed the cut at the LPGA Tour's CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

Now that the FedEx Cup Playoffs are over, the PGA Tour's Fall Series starts this week. The first of five events will be the Turning Stone Resort Championship at the Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y. Both Bill Haas and Webb Simpson will be in the field.

Haas is currently 58th on the tour's money list with just over 1.3 million in earnings, his best season to date. Simpson is on the door step of a million as he is just over $3,000 shy. He is currently 81st on the money list. Both players are in great shape to finish in the top-125 and keep their tour cards for next season.

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