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Schultz falls just short of PGA berth

June 28, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

NASHPORT, Ohio - "It was one little thing after another," said Hagerstown's Dirk Schultz on Sunday, after the Black Rock golf professional missed on his opportunity to qualify for the PGA Championship at the Club Professionals Championship.

Schultz ended the final round on the Longaberger Golf Club course with a 4-over par 76, which left him in a tie for 27th place with a four-day total of 290, 2-over par.

He was in 15th place following Saturday's third round and looking at a top-25 finish and a trip to the PGA in August.

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However, Schultz suffered through six bogeys and was able to muster only two late birdies, both coming during the last three holes.

"Again, I drove the ball good," Schultz said. "I got some bad breaks with irons - balls rolling into collection areas and spinning off the greens and I chunked one."

Schultz came in with a 39 and finished with a 37 in a late effort to get back into contention, but ended one shot short of a tie for 25th, which at least would have enabled him to be part of a playoff for the last qualifying position.

"The pin placements were brutal," said Schultz, who again will go through the qualifying procedures later this year for the 2005 CPC.

Bob Sowards, of Columbus, Ohio, won the championship - and a $60,000 first-place check - with a 12-under 276.

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