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Strong start for Schultz

June 10, 2005|by LARRY YANOS

larryy@herald-mail.com

BETHESDA, Md. - Hagerstown's Dirk Schultz started and ended the day with birdies and was brimming with confidence when lightning suspended play Thursday in the opening round of the Booz Allen Classic at Congressional Country Club.

The club professional at Black Rock Golf Course was 1-over par after a birdie on No. 14 and had just hit his tee shot at No. 15 when play was stopped at 5:45 p.m.

Schultz will start play at 7 a.m. today, 279 yards from the pin on No. 15. Forty-one other golfers were still on the course when play was stopped.

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Schultz had birdies on Nos. 1 and 14 Thursday, while bogeying Nos. 7, 10 and 13.

"It was a typical day, the way I usually play," Schultz said. "That birdie putt on 1 gave me some confidence. I was pleased overall with my play. I would like to have had a few of those shots back, but I have no complaints."

Schultz, paired with Kevin Stadler of Evergreen, Colo., and Sean O'Hair of Boothwin, Pa., started the day with a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 1 and played steady throughout the round.

"I got comfortable after that birdie putt and I did all right despite having some tough shots. I wasn't 100 percent happy," Schultz said. "I would love to make the cut. I think I need to par out the completion of the first round and follow with an even or one-under par on the second round."

Schultz, who had reconstructive knee surgery on Jan. 4, will be challenged physically today with 22 holes of competition - weather permitting.

Notes: Schultz has missed the cut in each of his four previous appearances in the tournament. He shot rounds of 84-76 in 1991, 76-74 in 1999, 73-74 in 2000 and 75-73 in 2001. ... The last time the tournament completed four rounds without a weather delay was in 1999.

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