Black Rock's Schultz ready for PGA field

June 05, 2003|by LARRY YANOS

Dirk Schultz, the golf professional at Black Rock Golf Course in Hagerstown, will compete in this weekend's FBR Capital Open at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Avenel in Potomac, Md.

The 72-hole Professional Golf Association event starts today and concludes on Sunday. The tournament purse is a record-high $4.5 million with the winner collecting $810,000.

Tee times will be announced later today.

The field is shaping up to be very strong with commitments from Fred Couples, Mark O'Meara, Robert Allenby, Curtis Strange, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Chris DiMarco, John Daly, Rich Beem, Jos Maria Olzabal, Hank Kuehne, Aaron Baddeley, Scott Hoch, Fred Funk and defending champion Bob Estes.


It will be Schultz's fifth appearance in the PGA Tour test, called the Kemper Open before this year.

Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc., a top-10 U.S. investment bank headquartered in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, agreed to become the 2003 title sponsor after the Kemper group failed to get the needed sponsorship money.

"I qualified by being selected the 2002 Player of the Year in the Mid-Atlantic Region and I'm looking forward to the competition," Schultz said. "It's definitely the highlght of the year."

And the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schultz Jr. of Hagerstown hopes to make the cut for the first time.

"I"ve changed my focus from trying to make the cut to just playing well," Schultz said. "It's great to face this type of competition. I'll just try to get the job done."

Schultz said his caddy for the Capital Open will be Jim Grumbine - a member of Beaver Creek Country Club.

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