Schultz sizzling on Nationwide Tour
The official registration total for the 77th Pine to Palm is 429, down only two players from last year. A breakdown of the divisions show 186 are in the Championship Flight up 28 players from last year. There are 144 players in the Numbered Flights, down 43. The Seniors Flight has 77 competitors, down 9. We again thank all of the players, caddies, committee members and fans for making the Pine to Palm the largest amateur or professional golf tournament in the United States.
Our new division, the Mid Amateur, has 22 players forty years old and older. Bob Gorden, chairman of the Pine to Palm and the rest of the committee are very happy with the excellent turnout considering the state of the economy and the PGA Championship going on simultaneously with the Pine to Palm at Hazeltine National Golf Course. The all-time record for players in the tournament is 540 in 1999.
Chuck Merry, former Pine to Palm chairman from 1980-1993 shot his age (74) at the Detroit Country Club on June 3rd. Way to go Chuck!
Dave Schultz, 2005 Pine to Palm Champion and now on the Nationwide Tour finished at 15 under and tied for second place last Sunday at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open in Wichita, Kansas. Schultz fired rounds of 66-69-67-67 (269), one stroke behind the winner Chris Tidland.
With the runner-up finish, Schultz collected $48,400 for the event and moved up to 24th place on the Tour's money list this season for season total of $114,804. The top 25 golfers at the end of the year qualify for next years PGA Tour. Schultz will play in the Price Cutter Charity Championship today thru Sunday in Springfield, Missouri. There are eleven events left on this year's schedule.
Frank Winsor, of the Twin Cities and summer resident of Detroit Lakes is not playing in the Pine To Palm this year. Winsor who has played in 54 Pine to Palms is joined by Mark Ericksen Sr., also in his 54th tournament.
New inductees into the 25 year club are: John Bartley, Larry Olin and Rick Johnson. Our apologizes to the three golfers not included in the 2009 "Tradition" magazine: Jim Winsor-28 years, Ron Smet-26 and Rick Johnson-25.