Former Vols Make European Challenge Cut

Former Tennessee golfers Chris Paisley and Charlie Ford both made the cut at this weekend's European Challenge Tour event in Colombia.

Paisley finished in a tie for 30th place after shooting 77-71-69-73--290 to earn more than $1,900. Ford placed 44th on the strength of his 74-73-73-73--293 scorecard, earning nearly $1,300.

Paisley is playing his first fulltime season on the Challenge Tour -- equivalent to the U.S. PGA's Nationwide Tour -- after a successful 2011 campaign on the Alps Tour. The Vols team captain in 2009 won three times on the Alps circuit in only eight starts to claim more than $37,000 in winnings. He also competed in 10 Challenge Tour events, making seven cuts and finishing 68th with money winnings of nearly $33,000.

So far this year, Paisley has made the cut in both Challenge Tour events and sits in 27th place on the 2012 money list with nearly $4,433 in earnings. He finished 22nd at the season-opening event in India.

Ford is in his third season on the Challenge Tour, with occasional appearances on the European PGA Tour. The 2005-08 Tennessee letterman has $109,138 in career earnings on the Challenge Tour, with an additional $11,320 from the main European Tour.

Ford missed the cut at the India tournament and is tied for 63rd place in the early going of the 2012 money list.

A former teammate of Ford's, Philip Pettitt, missed the cut at this week's Nationwide Tour event in Chile. Pettitt shot 75-68 to fall two strokes shy of the cut line. He is tied for 80th on the early money list with $4,111.

Next Up: Nationwide Tour, Chitimacha Louisiana Open, Broussard, La., March 22-25; Challenge Tour, The Barclays Kenya Open, Nairobi, Kenya, March 29-April 1.

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