June 9, 2009
Tennessee golfers Chris Paisley and David Holmes have been named 2009 Ping All-America honorable mention, and Robin Wingardh joined Paisley as a member of the Ping Southeast Region squad. The teams are selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Paisley earned All-Southeastern Conference first team honors after leading the Vols throughout the year in the No. 1 position. The senior's stroke average of 72.53 was tops on the team and eighth in the SEC. Paisley scored par or better in 15 of his 36 rounds and compiled five top-10 finishes, including medalist honors at the Arizona Invitational in February.
Wingardh finished with a 72.86 stroke average this season while grabbing a spot on the All-SEC second team. He won the Ping Preview Invitational back in the fall and scored par or better in 14 of his 36 rounds, good enough for three top-10 showings.
Paisley and Wingardh contributed to last week's Palmer Cup victory by the European side, a 13-11 decision over the Americans in the Ryder Cup-style competition for top collegiate players. This year's competition took place at Cherry Hills Country Club outside Denver.
Holmes saved his best 2009 golf for last, finishing second at the NCAA Northeast Regional and tying for 13th at the NCAA Championships to automatically claim All-America honors. The junior from Knoxville compiled a 73.14 stroke average that was 20th among league leaders. Eleven of his 36 rounds resulted in a par or better score and he had two top-10 showings.
And Holmes' play of late has been equally stellar outside UT varsity competition. He won the Holston Hills Invitational last month and this week is one of 14 qualifiers earning spots in the Nationwide Tour's Knoxville Open, which begins Thursday at Fox Den Country Club.
Joining Holmes in the field is David Skinns, the former Vols standout who last year topped the Hooters Tour money list. Skinns, who lettered at UT from 2002-05 and captured the SEC Championship his senior year, won three times last year in 16 tournaments to earn $134,809.
Skinns, who received an exemption into this week's Knoxville Open, stands 20th on this year's Hooters money list at $18,482.