David Schultz overcame the hard-charging Chip Lutz to win his first Canadian Men’s Senior Amateur title by sinking a birdie putt on the final hole at the Briars Golf Club.
After being in contention from the opening round, Schultz, needing a birdie on the last to win, struck what he called “the best 9-iron of his career” from the middle of the 18th fairway to four feet.
“It was right at the limit of a 9-iron, 143 yards and was as good as I could have hit it,” Schultz said.
Schultz converted the birdie putt in front of a large gallery to finish at 6-under 278 and claimed his first Canadian Men’s Senior Amateur title after posting a 2-under 69 in the final round.
“I was unbelievable nervous over that putt, to have a chance I thought I’d have to birdie to tie,” he said after walking off the 18th green. “I didn’t expect Chip (Lutz) to bogey the last hole, he’s such a good player and to come out on top is something else.”
Schultz, who won the 1999 Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship, withstood a charge from defending champion Lutz, who carded a 3-under 68 the final day.
Lutz, held the outright-lead walking down the 18th fairway but failed to get up and down for par after pushing his approach shot into the deep greenside rough. The two-time champion finished in solo second with a 5-under 279 for the championship.
This victory gives Schultz an exemption into the USGA’s Senior Amateur Championship at Wade Hampton Golf Cub in Cashiers, N.C., Sept. 21-26.
“That’ll be fun to go and represent Canada there,” he continued. “I’ve thought about qualifying a few times, but this is the best way to qualify for it, so I’m pretty happy.”
Duke Delcher, from South Carolina, finished in solo third at 4-under 290 after a final round 2-under 69.