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Hayden Goethe, Published August 10 2009

Professional golf: Fargo’s Schultz ties for 2nd in Nationwide event

The last two weeks have changed the complexion of David Schultz’s season on the Nationwide Tour.

The Fargo golfer shot a final-round 4-under 67 to finish at 15 under and in a tie for second place Sunday at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open in Wichita, Kan.

Schultz finished one shot behind winner Chris Tidland, who eagled the final hole.

“It’s fun getting close,” said Schultz, who earned $48,400 for the event. “It’s taken a year and a half to get comfortable on the Nationwide Tour.”

Schultz is in 24th place on the tour’s money list this season at $114,804. The top 25 golfers at the end of the year secure PGA Tour cards.

“I feel real fortunate,” Schultz said. “It’s a dream come true so far.”

His second top-five finish in as many weeks has earned Schultz a total of $106,267.

He collected nearly $58,000 for finishing in a tie for third place a week earlier in the Children’s Hospital Invitational.

Last year’s 25th-place finisher on the money list – Ricky Barnes – earned $218,902. And with 11 events to go, Schultz knows there’s still work to do.

“It’s cool,” he said. “I’m happy. Everybody knows that I’m not even close to the number I need to get to.”

Schultz entered Sunday’s play in a tie for third. He birdied two of the last three holes to move up the leaderboard.

Schultz said he had “a really good putt” for eagle from 30 feet on No. 18 that would have put him in a tie with Tidland for the lead, but he couldn’t get it to drop.

Still, Schultz – who will play in the Price Cutter Charity Championship on Thursday in Springfield, Mo. – said his comfort level is building.

He said he’s recognizing that the game is “100 percent mental” for him, and getting plenty of rest is important.

“If I can stay healthy and keep my mind in the right place,” Schultz said, “that’s when I play my best golf.”

Readers can reach Forum Assistant Sports Editor Hayden Goethe at (701) 241-5558