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Paisley Fighting to Stay in Euro Q-School Finals

Former Tennessee golfer Chris Paisley needs a solid round Tuesday to stay alive at the 2011 European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage.

Paisley opened the scheduled six-rounds-in-six-days tournament with a 67 Saturday, but followed that start with rounds of 71 and 73 the last two days to fall into a tie for 74th place. That places the Newcastle, England, native just outside the cut line (top 70 and ties) for advancement to the final two rounds in Girona, Spain.

Paisley, who was a Vols team captain in 2009 and four-year letterman, advanced to the finals of Europe's Q-School by finishing fourth at his Second Qualifying Stage on Dec. 2-5 in Murcia, Spain. Paisley posted 9 under par after rounds of 72, 65, 70 and 68 against a field of 72 golfers.

Five days later, he was teeing it up with 156 contestants vying for spots either on the 2012 European PGA Tour or Challenge Tour, which is equivalent to the Nationwide Tour in the United States. The top 30 players plus ties at the final stage become eligible for Category 11 Membership on the European Tour, which usually translates into approximately 18 tournaments appearances.

Players who make the cut but finish below 30th place are eligible for Category 14 (limited) Membership on the European Tour and Category 7 Membership on the Challenge Tour. Players who miss the cut are eligible for limited membership on the Challenge Tour.

Paisley sparkled in 2011 on the Alps Tour, winning three times in only eight starts with one second- and one third-place finish to earn more than $37,000. He also competed in 10 Challenge Tour events, making seven cuts and finishing 68th on the money list with winnings of nearly $33,000.

The current European Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

Oh Earns Full LPGA Membership; Pettitt Climbs into Contention

Angela Oh capped a steady week of golf by shooting an even-par 72 Sunday and tying for ninth at the LPGA Final Stage Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The former Tennessee golfer (2006-08) earns full LPGA Tour membership for the first time in 2012. Oh played in 10 LPGA events this past year, making one cut.

Meanwhile in La Quinta, Calif., Philip Pettitt fired his second 6-under-par 66 in the last three days and jumped to a tie for 53rd place heading into Monday's final round at the PGA's Q-School event.

Both of Pettitt's rounds of 66 have come on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, along with another score of 75 Thursday. Monday's final round for the UT alum (2004-08) is back on the PGA West Stadium Course, where his scores thus far are 74 and 76.

Pettitt is at 3-under-par 357 for his five rounds.

The top 25 players and ties receive PGA 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 continues Monday on The Golf Channel from 3:30-7 p.m. Eastern time.

The current PGA Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

For her five rounds at LPGA International headquarters, Oh shot 70-75-72-74-72 for a 363 total that was 3 over par. A field of 139 players started this week's event and the top 20 finishers earned full membership status for 2012.

The current LPGA Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

Q-School Tournaments: Day 4

Angela Oh is 18 holes away from returning to the LPGA Tour on a full-time basis.

The former Lady Vols golfer resides in 11th place through four of the five rounds being played this week at the LPGA Final Stage Qualifying Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. The top 25 finishers earn LPGA cards for 2012.

Oh, who played for Tennessee from 2006-08 and made 10 LPGA Tour starts in 2011, carded a 2-over-par 74 Saturday with 16 pars and just two bogeys. She stands 3 over par for the tournament heading into Sunday's final round.

A former UT teammate of Oh's, Nicole Smith, was on the wrong side of the cut line and finished her Q-School final stage at 13 over par. Smith tied for 77th place after posting scores of 75, 76, 75 and 75 over her four rounds.

The current LPGA Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

Philip Pettitt shot 76 Saturday at the PGA Final Stage Qualifying Tournament in La Quinta, Calif.

The former Vols golfer (2004-08) is 3 over par and in 108th place with two rounds remaining, one each on the Nicklaus Tournament and Stadium courses.

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 continues Sunday on The Golf Channel from 3-6 p.m. Eastern time.

The current PGA Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

Q-School Tournaments: Day 3

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 Friday's 72.

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 Tour privileges.

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 for 90th.

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.

Q-School Tournaments: Day 2

All three former Tennessee golfers competing in Q-School finals Thursday posted higher scores at their respective tournaments in California and Florida.

Philip Pettitt has opened 74-75 over his first two days at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., and is in 145th place. Angela Oh also shot 75 Thursday after her opening-round 70 and dropped from fifth place to a tie for 15th at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Nicole Smith has carded 75-76 for her first two rounds and is in a group tied for 77th place.

Four rounds remain for Pettitt, who won his Second Stage Qualifying Tournament two weeks ago to advance to the finals for the first time.

The top 25 players and ties receive PGA 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.

Pettitt finished third this year on the NGA Hooters Tour. He was a member of the UT men's golf team from 2004-08.

The current PGA Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

Oh played in 10 LPGA Tour events in 2011 but made only one cut. She was a winner on the Futures Tour in 2010, when she claimed six top-10s and finished sixth on that circuit after earning $50,156. Oh played for the Lady Vols from 2006-08.

Smith was a finalist on The Golf Channel's Big Break Ireland this summer and finished 32nd on the Futures Tour after a 40th-place showing in 2010. Smith was a Lady Vols golfer from 2005-09.

Three rounds remain for both Oh and Smith. The top 25 players earn LPGA Tour cards for 2012, with the rest of the 139-player field earning full Futures Tour privileges.

The current LPGA Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

Q-School Tournaments Underway

Former Tennessee golfers Angela Oh, Nicole Smith and Philip Pettitt are competing this week at their respective tour qualifying tournaments with hopes of landing membership cards in the major leagues of golf for the 2012 season.

Oh turned in the best opening day of the threesome by firing a 2-under-par 70 that left her in fifth place after the first of five rounds being played at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. Smith shot a 3-over 75 and was tied for 74th place in the 139-player field. The top 25 and ties earn full LPGA status for next season.

Oh played for the Lady Vols from 2006-08 and Smith from 2005-09.

The current LPGA Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

Pettitt opened with a 2-over-par 74 for the first of six rounds scheduled for PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. The former Vols golfer (2004-08) is tied for 146th place. This week's top 25 finishers earn full PGA Tour status for 2012, while places 26 through 75 earn membership on the Nationwide Tour.

Competing this week among the 172-player field are four past major championship winners -- Rich Beem (2002 PGA), David Duval (2001 British), Lee Janzen (1993 and 1998 U.S. Opens) and Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA).

Pettitt just finished his third season on the NGA Hooters Tour and was third on the money list. He advanced to the Q-School finals after winning the Second Stage Q-School tournament two weeks ago.

The current PGA Q-School leaderboard can be found here.

Paisley Wins Again on Alps Tour

Former Tennessee golfer Chris Paisley won for the third time on the Alps Tour in eight starts this year when he captured the Styrian Mountain Golf Open on Saturday in Trabach, Austria.

Paisley, whose last season at UT was 2009, leads this year's Alps Tour Order of Merit with the equivalent of nearly $41,000 in prize money.

Paisley claimed Saturday's prize after fashioning a closing round of 63 and then winning with an eagle on the first playoff hole over Spain's Carlos Aguilar. Paisley shot 70-69-63--202 for the tournament.

Earlier this year, Paisley began his debut Alps Tour season with consecutive victories in his first two events at the Peugeot Tour de Valencia and the Peugeot Open de Catalunya, both in Spain. Paisley also owns second- and third-place results and has made the cut in all eight of his Alps Tour events, finishing no worse than 25th.

In addition, the Newcastle, England, native has made four of seven cuts on the next-level European Challenge Tour. Paisley ranks 76th on that list with an additional $20,700 in earnings. Included was an early June tie for third place at the Karnten Golf Open in Klagenfurt, Austria.

The Alps Tour is a developmental professional golf tour sanctioned by the national golf associations of France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Morocco. It is a third-level tour behind the European PGA Tour and Challenge Tour. Other third-level tours in Europe include the United Kingdom-based PGA EuroPro Tour, Germany's EPD Tour and the Nordic League in the Nordic countries.

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