Schultz claims MAPGA championship
Dirk Schultz won the Middle Atlantic PGA championship Wednesday in Williamsburg, Va. (August 14, 2013)
Schultz held off a stern challenge from Sean English to capture one of the biggest victories in his pro career.
The Beaver Creek Country Club pro shot a 3-under-par 68 for a 54-hole score of 204, good for 10 under par at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. With the win, he collected a $10,000 check and the prestige of representing the MAPGA in the PGA Players National Championship next year.
“It’s probably my biggest win ever,” Schultz said in a telephone interview.
Schultz will lead a contingent of 20 golfers from the MAPGA chapter into the PNC next June at the Sands Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.. It will be his ninth appearance in the nationals.
Coming off a win in the prestigious Holden Cup last week, Schultz took the tournament lead Tuesday by one stroke over Jim Estes, who fell to fifth place with a final-round 74.
English, playing four groups ahead of Schultz, fired a 7-under-par 64 to challenge Schultz.
“I really wasn’t aware of having the lead or by how much,” Schultz said. “I was sticking with my game all the way and not playing any different.”
Schultz generated four birdies along the way on two par 4s and two par 5s over the 6,580-yard Gold course at Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club.
English reached 7 under with a birdie on the 18th hole, a tight par-4 from 390 yards.
Little did Schultz know his lead had been whittled to two strokes, and he ended with his only bogey of the round on the 18th.
“I got the ‘thumbs up’ along the 18th that I might have a big lead,” Schultz said. “I hit to the middle of the green, about 50 feet from the pin to be safe, even if I had a bogey.
“Then I saw it ended by one shot and said ‘whew’ to myself.”
Scheduled to be back in the pro shop today at Beaver Creek, Schultz said his goal heading into the third round was to shoot 3 or 4 under.
“I used a lot of 3 irons off the tee, just a couple of drivers and I hit those well,” Schultz said.