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Schultz leads Fischer

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John Barry
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jack Schultz had enough of golf.

 

The 2009 Whitefish Bay graduate played two seasons at the University of Michigan before putting his clubs away to concentrate on other things.

 

Earlier this year, he got the itch to play again and decided to enter the WPLA Ray Fischer Amateur Championship at Riverside Golf Course.

 

The decision paid off in a big way Saturday when Schultz fired a 7-under par round of 65 to take the lead heading into today's 36-hole finale. Schultz sits at 9-under for the tournament and leads Madison's Peter Webb by one shot.

 

Janesville's Grant Burish is five strokes back along with first-round leader and Janesville resident Erik Botts.

 

Six-time Janesville City champion Sam Van Galder shot a 2-under 70 and is at 143 and eight back.

 

Schultz got it going early in his round Saturday with an eagle at the Par 5, 10th, his first hole of the day. He finished with six birdies and one bogey on his card and said putting was the key.

 

“I'm lucky I hit it pretty far on a straight course like this,” Schultz said. “I really didn't play that much better than I did my first round (70), the difference being that today I made some putts.

 

“I hit the big tree on my first tee shot on 10, but I was able to land an 8-iron on the green on my second shot and then made about a 30-footer for eagle. That got me going.”

 

Webb had his second straight 4-under round of 68 but said the two rounds were the exact opposite of each other.

 

In Friday's opening round, Webb had four birdies and 14 pars. Saturday he eagled two holes and had four birdies and four bogeys.

 

Webb, whose best finish at the Fischer was third place, said he knew when he teed off Saturday that Schultz had fashioned an impressive 7-under 65.

 

“I just wanted to stay within striking distance and try to shoot a round in the 60s,” Webb said. “With 36 holes tomorrow, you still have a lot of room to work with, but you also want to give yourself a chance and not get too far behind.

 

“I've always liked playing here because it sets up for my game really well. Tomorrow, much like today, will be a grind with 36 holes. But I'm looking forward to it.”

 

Nine golfers are within five shots of the lead, including 2007 champion Garrett Jones, who sits at 4-under par after a 67 Saturday.

 

Burish shot a second straight 2-under 70 to stay in contention, while Van Galder posted three birdies and a bogey en route to a 70.

 

“What hurt me today was that I hit great drives on all four of the Par 5s but managed only one birdie (10),” Van Galder said. “I hit the ball well, but I just needed to make a few more putts.”

 

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who will join CBS as the network's No. 1 football analyst in the fall, followed up an opening-round 68 with a 3-over 75.

 

The top 65 golfers made the cut, with 7-over 151 being the cut line.



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