Monday Morning Golf Report
Oct. 19, 2009
A couple of weeks after winning the Senior Players Championship, Jay Haas was in position to win yet again and would finish tied for second after a final round 71.
Haas opened the Administaff Small Business Classic with rounds of 70-66 and was tied for second with Mark Weibe and Gene Jones heading into the final round. He made a total of four birdies on Sunday but unlike his last two victories, Haas was unable to pull-out the late round magic that was needed for the victory.
It has been a great month for Haas who won at the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn on Sept. 20 and then won again at the Seniors Players Championship two weeks ago. Last week, Haas was Fred Couples' co-captain for the victories US Presidents Cup team.
Three other former Deacons were in the field this week led by Lanny Wadkins. Wadkins finished at 3-over par and tied for 46th, which is his best finish of the season. Curtis Strange and Gary Hallberg both finish tied for 55th at 6-over par.
The Champions Tour will head to San Antonio, Texas, this week for the AT&T Championship at the Oak Hills Country Club.
The Nationwide Tour is coming down to the end of its season and former Deacons Kyle Reifers and Ron Whittaker were both fighting for their cards for next year. Both players made the cut this past week at the Miccosukee Championship in Miami, Fla., but neither player had the weekend they were looking for.
Reifers opened the tournament with rounds of 68-67 and made the cut tied for fourth. But he carded a 1-over 73 on Saturday to slip back to a tie for 17th and ultimately finished tied for 27th after a final round 75.
Despite the tough weekend, Reifers remained 55th on the money list which means he will be invited to this week's Nationwide Tour Championship and has secured his Nationwide Tour card for next season.
Whittaker, who came into the week in need of a victory to make the top-60, put himself in position after a second round 66. But he would shoot an even-par 72 on Saturday and then a 77 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 48th at 3-over.
After taking a week off for the Presidents Cup, the PGA Tour returned to action this past week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Both Webb Simpson and Bill Haas were in the field but both players shot 2-under 142 through 36-holes and fell victim to the 4-under par cutline.
The Tour's Fall Series continues this week at the Frys.com Open at the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Last week was the final tournament of the eGolf Tour's schedule for 2009. It was the eGolf Championship at Pine Needles and Mid Pines in Southern Pines, NC., and five former Deacons were in the field.
Chad Wilfong led the way with his tied for 28th finish at 6-under par. Cortland Lowe finished tied for 41st at 3-under while Doug Manchester finished 74th at 3-over par. Both Michael Capone and Chris McCartin had a tough first two rounds and missed the cut.
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