Wingardh Ready for Challenge Tour

Former Tennessee golfer Robin Wingardh (2008-11) is preparing a return to the European Challenge Tour in May after playing in eight events last year.

The 2011 Vols captain turned pro after last year's NCAA Championship in Oklahoma and made his very first cut at the Scottish Hydro Challenge in late June. Wingardh went on to make three more cuts in eight tournament appearances, finishing with nearly $5,000 in earnings.

This past winter, Wingardh played six times in the NGA Tour's Winter Series in Florida. After missing the cut in his first tournament, the Swede had five straight top-20s, including a tie for second at Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando. Wingardh finished with $12,972 in earnings.

Already playing on this year's European Challenge Tour are former Vols Chris Paisley (2006-09) and Charlie Ford (2005-08). Paisley placed 22nd and 30th in the first two tournaments and stands 27th on the money list with approximately $4,500 in earnings. Ford missed the first cut but finished 44th at the event in Colombia two weeks ago and is 63rd on the money list in the early going.

The Challenge Tour resumes this week in Kenya.

Three more recent Vols are competing on the NGA Tour Pro Series, formerly the Hooters Tour.

David Skinns (2002-05) has finished third and 12th during his quick start to 2012 and earned $12,467. Skinns is sixth on this year's money list after placing 17th last year, when he won the Knoxville area's River Islands Golf Club Classic and earned more than $50,000.

David Holmes (2007-10) and Cameron Lawrence (2008-10) also are competing on the NGA Tour. Holmes has made two cuts in three tries and finished inside the top 30 both times to amass $2,743 in earnings. Lawrence has made one cut in two tries and earned $1,000.

Philip Pettitt (2005-08) has the week off after missing the cut by two strokes at the Nationwide Tour's Chitimacha Louisiana Open. The Nationwide Tour's next stop is April 5-8 at the Soboba Golf Classic in San Jacinto, Calif.

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