Forum and The Sports Network, Published August 02 2009
Schultz could cash $139KCOLUMBUS, Ohio – Fargo’s David Schultz fired a six-under 65 to take sole possession of the lead Saturday after three rounds of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational.
Schultz, chasing his first Nationwide Tour win, moved to 13-under 200 for a three-shot lead over Gavin Coles, who had a 67 to climb into second place at
Schultz stands to claim the $139,500 winner’s check today in the final round.
Rickie Fowler, the All-American from Oklahoma State, shot a 70 and is alone in third place at eight-under 205.
Tom Gillis (69), Chris Tidland (70) and Joe Daley (71) share fourth place at seven-under 206 heading into the final round at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.
Schultz, who shared the overnight lead with Fowler and Daley, outclassed the others with a round that included seven birdies and a lone bogey. He made six of his birdies on the first 12 holes.
His six-under 65 was a record on the Scarlet course and he also set the tournament scoring record for 54 holes.
Schultz, 26, who is in his second year on the Nationwide Tour, made the field this week despite being a longshot as the 11th alternate.
Now, he enters the final round in good position to pick up his first tour win.
“I’m in a position where I’m able to stay patient as far as my position in the field and on the leaderboard. Sometimes that’s tough to do,” said Schultz.
“I feel like when I get ahead of the curve I feel at ease and I feel like I’m a lot more patient and playing smarter and sticking to my game plan – middle of the green, hit a long putt. If it goes in, whatever, knock in the par and just keep clicking off the holes and move along.”
Schultz, who made just two cuts in his six previous starts this season, has felt comfortable hitting from the tees all week, swinging as hard as he can.
“You can’t play scared out there,” he said.