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Holmes Featured on 'The Third Nine'

Former Tennessee captain David Holmes is featured on this week's video edition of "The Third Nine" from the NGA Pro Golf Tour.

Holmes is playing his second full season on the NGA Tour and has made three cuts in five tournaments thus far in 2012. His best pro finish was a tie for 20th at the recent Cutter Creek Golf Classic in North Carolina, where this video was recorded.

The Knoxville native stands 47th on the money list with $4,652.

Holmes lettered four seasons for the Vols from 2007-10 and was a 2009 Ping All-America honorable mention. Holmes captained the squad in 2010, when he earned All-SEC second team honors and led the Vols to a top-25 NCAA Championship finish for the second year in a row.

Holmes finished 13th and 25th in his last two NCAA Championship appearances and was second at the 2009 NCAA Northeast Regional. He also made the Academic All-SEC team three straight years and was a member of the 2007 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. In 2009, Cleveland Golf/Srixon named him an All-America Scholar.

Pettitt 9th at Nationwide Event After Closing 65

Philip Pettitt had his best Nationwide Tour result of the season this weekend with a tie for ninth at the Soboba Golf Classic in San Jacinto, Calif.

Pettitt shot 65 in Sunday's final round to lead the field and match the low round of the tournament. His scorecard for the week read 71-74-72-65--282, which earned him a check for $20,250 and his best Nationwide Tour golf payday.

The former All-SEC selection in 2007 at Tennessee vaulted from 94th to 38th on the 2012 Nationwide Tour money list with $24,361. This week was Pettitt's second made cut in five tournaments to start the season.

The tour stays in California this week for the TPC Stonebrae Championship in the San Francisco Bay city of Hayward.

David Skinns is third on the NGA Pro Golf Tour money list after tying for 33rd at the Avoca Classic in Windsor, N.C.

Skinns opened the tournament Wednesday with a 4-under-par 68, but then shot 73-74-76 over the next three rounds amid several weather delays. The former SEC Championship medalist in 2005 at Tennessee already has a win under his belt this season and has claimed $35,816 in just four tournaments.

The NGA Tour returns to action April 19-22 at the Mountain Lakes Classic in Seneca, S.C.

Skinns 2nd on NGA Money List

David Skinns jumped to second place on the NGA Pro Golf Tour money standings after his win Saturday at the Cutter Creek Golf Classic in North Carolina.

Skinns claimed the $22,000 first prize thanks to his birdie on the second playoff hole that edged Chas Narramore, who hails from Kingston and played collegiately at Middle Tennessee. Skinns has finishes of third, 12th and first in his three starts this year to amass $34,467 in earnings and trail money-leader Tyson Alexander by only $371.

Skinns played for the Vols from 2002-05 and not only won the SEC individual championship his senior season but also earned second team, third team and honorable mention All-America honors during his career.

David Holmes (2007-10) tied for 20th at the same tournament and earned the best paycheck of his young professional career. Holmes pocketed $1,909 after climbing 20 places on the final leaderboard with a closing round of 70.

Through four events, Holmes has made three cuts with finishes of 27th, 23rd and now 20th. He is 38th on the 2012 money list with $4,652.

On the European Challenge Tour, Charlie Ford turned in his best finish of the season with a tie for 30th at the Barclays Kenya Open in Africa. Ford earned approximately $1,825 for his efforts and has $3,124 for the year to rank 55th on the money list.

Chris Paisley missed his first Challenge Tour cut of the year this week but still stands 39th on the money list with approximately $4,509.

Skinns Victorious in North Carolina

Former Tennessee star David Skinns won his fifth career NGA Pro Golf Tour title Saturday when he captured the Cutter Creek Golf Classic on the second playoff hole.

Skinns, who won the 2005 SEC individual championship during a stellar Vols career, began the final round with a two-stroke lead but needed to birdie the 18th hole to force a playoff against Chas Narramore. Skinns then birdied No. 18 twice in succession to claim his first NGA win since last year at the River Islands Classic outside Knoxville.

"No win comes easy, but this one was a battle today," said Skinns, who earned $22,000. "I saw Chas set that number, and I knew I had to play well coming down the stretch. I did that and snuck through in the playoff."

Skinns entered the week sixth on this year's money list after finishing 12th and third in his first two starts of 2012.

Another former Vol, David Holmes, had his best career NGA Tour finish with a tie for 20th. The Knoxville native and 2007-10 Vols golfer carded a final-round 70 to improve 20 places on the leaderboard.

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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.

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.

Pettitt Ties for 25th in Panama; Paisley, Ford Back in Action

Former Tennessee golfer Philip Pettitt earned his first paycheck of 2012 with a tie for 25th place over the weekend at the Nationwide Tour's Panama Claro Championship in Panama City.

Pettitt was in the top 10 through two rounds after opening 69-69, but then finished 72-73. He earned $4,111 and rests in a tie for 58th place on the tour's early money list.

The Panama tournament was the second of three Nationwide events taking place in South and Central America to start the season. Pettitt missed the cut at the opening tournament in Colombia, and this week he's headed to Santiago for the Chile Classic Presented by Pacific Rubiales.

The Nationwide Tour's first USA stop is the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in Broussard, La., near Lafayette, on March 22-25. This year's Knoxville News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilot is Aug. 23-26 at Fox Den Country Club.

Pettitt earned his place on the Nationwide Tour through the PGA Final Stage Qualifying Tournament in December.

In 2011, Pettitt placed third on the NGA Pro Golf Tour money list in his third full season on that tour. He won twice and made the cut in all 17 of his tournament appearances, finishing with winnings of $112,121.50.

He then won his Second Stage Qualifying Tournament in Brooksville, Fla., by five strokes to advance to the Q-School finals, where he tied for 72nd place and earned Nationwide status.

The Murfreesboro native helped the Vols to a pair of NCAA Championship appearances during his 2004-08 collegiate career.

In 2009, Pettitt was NGA Pro Golf Tour Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile, another pair of former Vols -- Chris Paisley and Charlie Ford -- resume play when the European Challenge Tour lands in the this hemisphere Thursday through Sunday at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Classic in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Paisley tied for 22nd place in the tour's opener, the Gujarat Kensville Challenge in Ahmedabad, India, back in late January. Ford missed the cut in that event.

The European Challenge Tour is the European PGA equivalent of the Nationwide Tour.

Porteous Named to Preliminary St. Andrews Squad

Tennessee's Garrick Porteous was named this week to a preliminary 12-player Great Britain & Ireland squad for this year's St. Andrews Trophy Match against the Continent of Europe.

The St. Andrews Trophy is an amateur golfing competition that takes place in even-numbered years. Great Britain & Ireland plays the United States in the Walker Cup competition during odd-numbered years.

Porteous already has been promoted to the England Elite Squad for 2012 and currently stands as England's No. 1 ranked amateur player. Porteous is ranked 59th in the Men's World Amateur Golf Rankings and is England's top player by a comfortable margin. The world ranking compiles the top male amateur golfers on the basis of their average performances in counting events over a rolling cycle of the previous 52 weeks, including his play with the Vols.

A native of Morpeth in his country's northeastern section, Porteous made his debut for England in the 2011 Home Internationals in Ireland last summer after a string of consistent performances. He narrowly missed out on a national title with a runner-up finish at the Tillman Trophy, and recorded top-10s in major events such as the British Amateur qualifying and European Amateur Championship.

The GB&I squad for the St. Andrews Trophy meets for the first time July 4-6 at Portmarnock Golf Links in Ireland. Making the preliminary list of 12 players does not ensure a spot on the final nine-man squad, as team selectors will be attending events throughout the summer.

Porteous finished alone in second earlier this week in his first Vols start of the spring season at the San Diego Intercollegiate. Porteous shot 73-73-69--215 to finish at 1 under par, one stroke behind San Diego's Alex Ching.

It was Porteous' best collegiate finish and his fourth top-four result in the last year.

Porteous leads Tennessee with a 72.8 stroke average and has counted toward the team score in 14 of his 15 rounds played. He owns six rounds of par or better.

Tennessee's next tournament is the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, set for Feb. 26-28 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Porteous Finishes 40th at Jones Cup

Garrick Porteous closed with a 77 Sunday and finished in a tie for 40th place at the Jones Cup Invitational in Sea Island, Ga.

Porteous matched his Saturday total of five birdies but couldn't overcome eight bogeys and one double bogey over his final 18 holes to finish at 15-over-par 231. For the weekend, Porteous fired rounds of 80, 72 and 77 at Ocean Forest Golf Club.

The Jones Cup brought together 90 of the finest amateur golfers from the United States and abroad for a three-day competition that kicks off the spring portion of the golf season. The final leaderboard can be found at Golfstat.com.

The Vols open their spring schedule Feb. 13-14 at the San Diego Intercollegiate Classic, a brand new tournament hosted by San Diego State University. The event takes place at historic San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif.

Porteous Improves Standing in Georgia

Tennessee's Garrick Porteous improved six strokes Saturday and jumped 14 places in the standings through two rounds of the Jones Cup Invitational in Sea Island, Ga.

Porteous began on the 10th hole and couldn't have gotten off to a much better start en route to his 2-over-par 74. After opening the tournament Friday with an 80, he birdied four of his first six holes Saturday and finished the day with five birdies at the Ocean Forest Golf Club.

The Vols senior captain is at 10-over 154 for the tournament and tied for 37th place in the 90-player field heading into Sunday's final round.

The Jones Cup brings together many of the finest amateurs from the United State and abroad for the three-day competition.

Saturday's updated leaderboard can be found at Golfstat.com.

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