Angela Oh vaulted back into the top 10 and Philip Pettitt jumped 55
places in the standings thanks to a pair of solid performances for the former
Tennessee golfers on Day 3 of their respective tour qualifying tournaments.
Oh fired an even-par 72 and improved from 15th place to ninth at the LPGA
Q-School event in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Baltimore native, who played for UT
from 2006-08, is 1 over par for the tournament following rounds of 70, 75 and
Another former Lady Vols golfer, Nicole Smith (2005-09), is tied for
78th place. Smith is at 10 over par after rounds of 75, 76 and a Friday card of
75. Smith was a finalist on The Golf Channel's Big
Break Ireland this summer and finished 32nd on the Futures Tour in 2011.
Two rounds remain for the top 25 players to
earn LPGA cards for 2012. The rest of the 139-player field earns full Futures
The current LPGA Q-School leaderboard can
be found here.
Pettitt posted a sizzling 6-under-par 66
on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. His
round came one day after shooting 75 in high winds on the same track, and two
days after opening with 74 on the Stadium Course.
The Murfreesboro native carded seven
birdies Friday against a single bogey, and improved from 145th place to a tie
Three rounds remain for Pettitt, who won
his second stage qualifier two weeks ago to advance to the finals for the first
time. Pettitt finished third this year on the NGA Hooters Tour,
and was a member of the UT men's golf team from 2004-08.
The PGA Q-School's top 25 players and ties
receive tour cards for 2012. The next nearest-number-to-50 earn fully exempt
Nationwide Tour cards for the first 10 events of 2012, with the remainder
receiving conditional Nationwide Tour status.
Television coverage starts Saturday on The
Golf Channel from 3-6 p.m. Eastern time.
The current PGA Q-School leaderboard can be found here.