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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.

Happy Birthday - Nov. 21: Leigh Henderson & Nash Nance

On Nov. 21, we wish Happy Birthday to golfer Leigh Henderson and football quarterback Nash Nance

Leigh Henderson  Nash Nance

LV Golf's Monberg Competes at The Spirit International: UPDATE

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UPDATE AFTER ROUND ONE:  Denmark Overall: T6 // Denmark Women: T9 // Monberg (indy): 2 birdies; leader with 6.

Lady Vol golfer Sara Monberg is in Texas this week competing for her home country of Denmark in The Spirit Internation Amateur Golf Championship.

The tournament, which features teams from 20 countries, was established in 2001 and takes place every other year. The teams play 72 holes of best ball competition.

Each country forms a team of four players -- two men and two women. Overall there will be five titles: the overall country champion, a men's pair champion, a women's pair champion and men's and women's individual titles.

Monberg has been a member of the Danish national team since 2004 and is excited to represent her country at the event.

"I am playing for Denmark and it is always an honor to play for your home country," Monberg said. "Hopefully [teammate] Mette [Kryger Pedersen] and I can play as well as the Danish team did two years ago."

For Monberg, The Spirit is an opportunity to continue playing competitive golf as the Tennessee team moves into the offseason.

"For me to be playing in the offseason is great," Monberg said. "I keep playing and can start working on some of the things i need to improve for the spring."


More coverage on The Spirit:
SARA MONBERG INTERVIEW | LIVE WEBCAST | LADY VOL GOLF TWITTER
GOLFSTAT: OVERALL COUNTRY LEADERBOARDS | WOMEN'S PAIRS | WOMEN'S INDIVIDUALS

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