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Schulz claims first Membership title

Schulz claims first Membership title
Schulz claims first Membership title
Ross Schulz chips toward the green on No. 15 to set up one of his many pars during the New Salisbury Membership Tournament. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Eight golfers made up the championship flight of the New Salisbury Membership Tournament heading into Sunday’s final round. Packed close together, just four strokes made up the distance from eighth place and the leaders.
Ross Schulz, who went into the second round tied with Steve Beanblossom with the lead, held on for his first Membership title. Schulz posted an even-par 140 during the two days, including his one-under par performance Sunday.
‘I avoided the big numbers and, for the most part, backed up bogeys with birdies,’ he said. ‘I knew I couldn’t make a mistake because Kyle (Mattingly) and Matt (Bruce) had good rounds going.’
Mattingly took the overall lead after the first hole Sunday when he put in a birdie as Schulz posted a bogey. Schulz bounced back strong after No. 1 with birdies on Nos. 2, 5 and 9. His two-under par front-nine helped extend his lead as Beanblossom faded and Mattingly fell three strokes back.
Schulz also had to be on the lookout for Bruce, playing in the group ahead of him, after he notched a 34 on the frontside to sit four strokes off. Late bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18 dropped Bruce to his eventual third-place finish.
Holding steady, Schulz played the back nine one-over to claim the title. The 18th hole created a little drama between Mattingly and the winner. Mattingly’s drive on the short par-4 landed on the front fringe of the green while his opponent’s went left behind a tree. Schulz was able to get up and down to save par, while Mattingly was unable to sink the eagle opportunity. Mattingly, a former Membership champion (2008), finished two strokes off with a 142.
‘We had a good, fun final group. Kyle was making birdies from trees and, if Steve (Beanblossom) could have putted like he normally does, he would have been right with me,’ Schulz said. ‘I’ve played a lot of golf with George (Stackhouse) over the years, so it seemed like just another day on the course.’
Beanblossom finished fourth (146), while Jeff Shaffer took fifth (149).
‘It’s great to win. I grew up at this course, worked many summers here and learned a lot, some even about golf,’ Schulz said. ‘Course was in great shape, greens were perfect. Hope we can get a big field for the New Salisbury Invitational.’
In the first flight, Alan Reed carded a 75 on Sunday to finish with a 151. Reed won the flight by a single stroke over Ryan Crawford.
Brandon Heilig took the second flight with a 157, while the third flight was won by Mike Wetzel with a 166.
In the ladies’ division, Devon Smith and Allison Dooley were locked in a tight battle through the weekend. Smith came out the winner, carding a 77 on Saturday, followed by a 75 on Sunday for a 152. The North Harrison junior-to-be defeated Dooley by three strokes.
Claiming the junior high championship was Jackson Shaffer with a 192.
In the senior division, Joe Hinton outlasted a field of seven, carding a 161.
The New Salisbury Invitational is scheduled for Aug. 6 and 7. The event features a $1 million shootout. For more information, contact the course at 347-2396.
Championship flight ‘ 1. R. Schulz 140, 2. K. Mattingly 142, 3. M. Bruce 144, 4. S. Beanblossom 146, 5. J. Shaffer 149, 6. G. Stackhouse 151, 7. Joseph Hinton 154, 8. M. Rigot WD.
First flight ‘ 1. A. Reed 151, 2. R. Crawford 152, 3t. J. Schmidt 154, 3t. C. Spencer 154.
Second flight ‘ 1. B. Heilig 157, 2. B. Hinton 162, 3. K. Lance 171.
Third flight ‘ 1. M. Wetzel 166, 2t. R. Higdon 168, 2t. S. Shaffer 168.
Seniors’ flight ‘ 1. Joe Hinton 161, 2. J. Neuman 164, 3. P. Nordroff 173.
Ladies’ flight ‘ 1. D. Smith 152, 2. A. Dooley 155, 3. K. Brunner 199.
Junior high flight ‘ 1. J. Shaffer 192.