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ESPN Tabs Da'Rick Rogers as 24th-Best Player in the SEC

In his running countdown of the top-25 players in the SEC, ESPN.com's Chris Low has ranked Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers No. 24 after he led the conference with 67 catches last season. 

Low credits Rogers for having "unlimited physical tools" and says he should "own the middle of the field this season with (Justin) Hunter and junior college newcomer Cordarrelle Patterson doing their thing on the outside."

Rogers finished with 1,040 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches en route to being named  to the 2011 Associated Press All-SEC First Team.

Happy Birthday - June 21: Collier, Swartz, Talkington, Toney

One of the most popular days for birthdays among UT student-athletes on June 21. Celebrating are: football lineman Brock Collier, tennis player Bryan Swartz, golfer Marshall Talkington and football defensive back Jaron Toney.

Brock Collier  Bryan Swartz  Marshall Talkington  Jaron Toney

Pettitt nabs share of fourth at Mexico Open

Tennessee golf alum Philip Pettitt, Jr. wrapped up play at the Mexico Open Presented by Banamex Sunday, earning a share of fourth place at the event.

With an 11-under 277 in the four-day Nationwide Tour event, the former Vol collected $27,500.00, nearly doubling his season earnings. The finish was his best in 2012 and the second top-10 placement in his career.

Lee Williams won the Open with a 14-under 274 score at the par 72, 7,708-yard El Bosque Golf Club in Leon, Mexico.

The Murfreesboro, Tenn., product lettered for the Big Orange from 2004 to 2008 where he won his first collegiate tournament in his rookie campaign. He wrapped up his UT career with a 73.31 scoring average in 128 rounds played for the Vols. 

TOURNAMENT RESULTS


Wingardh has strong showing at first European PGA Event

In his first event on the European PGA Tour, former Vol golfer Robin Wingardh placed 45th at the Nordea Masters in Bro, Sweden, earning 8,100.00 euros for his finish Saturday.

Wingardh, who played for the Orange and White from 2007 to 2011, opened the event with a four-under 68, finding himself in a tie for fourth place after the first round. He wrapped up the tournament with a 68-73-71-73=285 (-3) tally to finish 45th.

Lee Westwood won the event at 19 under.

A native of Morarp, Sweden, Wingardh has competed in 11 Challenge Tour events with a top finish of 33rd coming at the Fred Olson Challenge de Espana in October 2011.

The 2010-11 Tennessee team captain earned All-Southeastern Conference laurels three times in his undergraduate career and pulled an All-America nod in his senior campaign. 

EVENT RECAP 

Happy Birthday - June 5: Boris Conkic, David Holmes

On June 5, we'd like to wish Happy Birthday to recently former tennis great Boris Conkic and golf standout David Holmes. 


A four-time All-SEC performer from 2008-11, Conkic is one of only four players in program history to record at least 100 career wins in both singles and doubles. He and John-Patrick Smith teamed up as seniors to form the 2011 ITA Doubles Team of the Year. Conkic now coaches tennis in his home country of Serbia and also plays club tennis in Germany.

Among many key wins, Conkic clinched the Vols' 2010 SEC Tournament Championship at Kentucky: 



Holmes, a native of Knoxville, was an All-American for the Vols on the golf course from 2007-2010. He turned pro in 2011 and is currently playing primarily on the NGA Tour. Here is an interview from earlier this year with the NGA:


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.

Happy Birthday - May 24: Brandon Rodgers

On May 24, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore golfer Brandon Rodgers.


Brandon Rodgers

Pettitt, Skinns Make Pro Cuts

Former Tennessee golfers Philip Pettitt and David Skinns earned a few dollars this week on the Nationwide and NGA Pro Golf tours, respectively.

Pettitt turned in rounds of 69-74-68-72--283 to tie for 53rd at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greer, S.C. This was Pettitt's fourth made cut in nine Nationwide tournaments this season, and he stands 62nd on the tour's 2012 money list with $28,046.

Skinns returned to the NGA Tour after a couple of successful Nationwide events and tied for 21st this weekend at the Cherry Blossom Classic in Georgetown, Ky. Skinns shot 71-64-71-67--273 for his sixth made cut in as many NGA tournaments this year. He is sixth on the 2012 money list with $41,274.

Ford, Paisley Solid in European PGA Stint

A pair of former Tennessee golfers took advantage of their first starts this year on the European PGA Tour to post top-25 finishes Sunday on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Charlie Ford tied for 16th place at the Madeira Islands Open after shooting 67-68-70-71--276. And Chris Paisley was consistent throughout, finishing with a scorecard of 69-69-69-70--277 that was good enough to tie for 22nd.

The Madeira Islands event is part of both the European PGA and European Challenge tours. The two former Vols had been idle on the Challenge Tour circuit since the Barclays Kenya Open ended April 1. But counting this week's winnings, Paisley and Ford stand 32nd and 33rd, respectively, on the Challenge Tour money list.

Paisley has earned approximately $11,318 and Ford $11,204 during the 2012 season.

Vandeventer, Pettitt Advance to U.S. Open Sectionals

Tennessee junior Jay Vandeventer and former Vols golfer Philip Pettitt shot matching 7-under-par 65s Wednesday to lead the field in U.S. Open local qualifying at Knoxville's Holston Hills Country Club.

Pettitt started on No. 10 and shot 35-30--65 over the 7,082-yard layout, while Vandeventer started on No. 1 and played bogey-free to a 32-33--65 scorecard. Those two individuals are among five who advanced from Holston Hills to sectional qualifying at a date and site to be determined.

Read the local recap here by the Knoxville News Sentinel's John Shearer.

This year's U.S. Open takes place June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

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