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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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