Wisconsin Match Play: Schultz downs Hearden

LAKE GENEVA, Wisc. (June 16, 2011) -- In the final match of the Wisconsin State Golf Association's 2011 Match Play Championship, Jack Schultz defeated Ricky Hearden, 1-up, in 19 holes.

Both players made three birdies on the day but Schultz's consistency, on the Brute Course at Links at Grand Geneva's par-4's in particular, was the difference maker in the match.

The match play portion of the event began with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo claiming the No. 1 seed. Romo made it past the first round before falling in the quarterfinal.

Steve Johnson, who defeated Romo, eventually to Schultz, who was on a destined mission for victory.

Hearden, who started as the No. 23 seed on the opposite side of the bracket, rolled through match play and into the finals before falling to 24th-seeded Schultz.

ABOUT THE Wisconsin Match Play

When the Wisconsin State Amateur was changed to stroke play in 1971, there was a need for the addition of a State Match Play Championship. The WSGA returned this event to the tournament schedule in 1975. This growing event has been expanded to allow 64 qualifiers to enter into match- play competition following an 18-hole stroke-play qualifying. Five 18-hole pre-qualifying tournaments are held in May and June for all those players who are not exempt. To be eligible, players must have a WSGA Handicap Index of 9.4 or less.

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