Monday Morning Golf Report

Nov. 23, 2009

Kyle Reifers was the only one of six former Deacons to make it through second stage of PGA Tour Q-school last week. The 2005 graduate finished in third place at the TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, at 11-under par.

Reifers took the stress out of the final day after opening with three-straight rounds of 4-under 67 and was tied for lead heading into Saturday. Despite a 72 in the final round, Reifers moved on with room to spare. He will now head to the final stage of Q-school on Dec. 2-7 at the Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. Reifers already has full-time status next season on the Nationwide Tour with his top-60 finish on this year's money list but is looking to return to the PGA Tour through the final stage.

Len Mattiace, who spent this past season on the Nationwide Tour, came agonizingly close to moving on but fell one-shot shy of the number. He got off to a tough start, shooting rounds of 71-73 at Callaway Gardens' Mountain View Course, but a third round 68 put him right back in the mix. Needing a good round on Saturday, Mattiace made the turn in even-par and despite coming home in three-under, his 69 left him in a tie for 24th, one-shot out.

Ron Whittaker was also in the field at Callaway Gardens but was forced to withdraw after a third round 76.

Chad Wilfong played his second stage at the Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. He finished in a tie for 35th as he was unable to shoot that one low round. He played fairly consistent all week, shooting rounds of 70-72-71-71 but came up four-shots out of 20th place.

Chris McCartin was at the Hombre Golf Club in Panama City, Fla., last week, and despite a final round 69, he too came up a bit short. An opening round 4-over 75 put him behind the eight-ball to start the week and he just wasn't able to go low enough in tough conditions to recover.

Bobby Collins was the final former Deacon in action last week at the Deerwood Golf Club in Kingwood, Texas. He opened and closed his week with rounds of 2-over 74 and would go on to finish tied for 49th.

In Champions Tour Q-school action last week at the TPC of Scottsdale, Gary Hallberg opened with a 3-under 68 but a second round 77 and a final round 74 left him back in the pack.

Nannette Hill will be playing in the final stage of LPGA Q-school at the LPGA International Champions and Legends Courses in Daytona Beach, Fla. The five-round final will begin on Dec. 2 and run the Dec. 6.

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