Schultz adds 67, wins title by 8

Golf

July 31, 2002|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IJAMSVILLE - Dirk Schultz wrapped his hands around one of the few Middle Atlantic PGA prizes to have escaped him yesterday when he tacked a 5-under-par 67 onto his course-record 66 on Monday and scored a runaway victory in the 57th Assistants championship at Whiskey Creek.

A head professional for five seasons, Schultz (66-67-133) did not have a bogey in his two-day, 11-birdie spree that produced an eight-shot cushion over Eric Levin of Willow Springs Golf Club (70-71-141).

Levin had six birdies in his opening 70, then was more consistent in stringing together pars for his 1-under second round.

The triumph brought Schultz, of Yingling's Golf Center in Hagerstown, the Bill Clarke Trophy, a check for $4,200 and a berth in the National Assistants championship, Oct. 24-27, at the PGA club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

"Putting has always been a strong point, and this time I made a couple of smart decisions to take trouble out of play," Schultz said.

The closest he came to a second-round bogey came at No. 14, a 427-yard par-4 with water on the left. "I had just birdied 12 and 13, and wanted to play it smart. So, I hit a 3-iron off the tee and the ball hit a tree, leaving me 230 yards to the green. I hit a 5-iron on and two-putted for par."

Jody Rokisky of Holly Hills CC, runner-up two years ago, shot past 23 players with a bogey-free, 5-under 67 to finish at 142, where he was tied by Wayne DeFrancesco of Woodholme CC.

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