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Skinns Defends Three Ridges Title

Former Tennessee star David Skinns successfully defended his title Sunday at the NGA Pro Golf Tour's Three Ridges Classic in Knoxville.

Skinns closed with a final-round of 5-under-par 66 to win by three strokes over Brandon Brown and claim the first prize of $22,000. It was Skinns' second NGA Tour victory this year in seven starts and his second in as many years at Three Ridges Golf Course.

The Lincoln, England, native shot 67-65-69-66--267 for the four days, rallying on Sunday from a tie for third. Two eagles on the front nine aided his cause.

See John Shearer's account of Sunday's final round in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Brown and Skinns are 1-2 in the 2012 NGA Tour Money Standings, with Brown owning $71,707 in earnings to Skinns' $63,274.

Another former Vols standout, David Holmes, posted his best professional finish with a tie for 10th at Three Ridges. The Knoxville native shot 68-69-69-70--276 to earn his best paycheck at $2,763. For the year in 10 NGA Tour starts, Holmes has made six cuts and earned $12,223 to climb into 39th place.

On the European Challenge Tour, former Vols Chris Paisley tied for 28th and Charlie Ford tied for 51st at the Telenet Trophy in Belgium.

Paisley shot 69-74-70-69--282 to earn approximately $1,625, while Ford finished with a scorecard of 68-70-74-74--286 to claim approximately $732 in prize money. Paisley is 34th on the 2012 Challenge Tour money list with $12,663 in earnings, and Ford is 39th with $11,660.

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