Schulz dominates Fourth of July tourney

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  • Coral Schulz watches her tee shot on the second hole of the North Course during the Earl Hunt Memorial 4th of July Tournament at Whitefish Lake Golf Club on Saturday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Conor Rooney watches his tee shot on the fourth hole of the South Course during the Earl Hunt Memorial 4th of July Tournament at Whitefish Lake Golf Club on Saturday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • Coral Schulz watches her tee shot on the second hole of the North Course during the Earl Hunt Memorial 4th of July Tournament at Whitefish Lake Golf Club on Saturday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Conor Rooney watches his tee shot on the fourth hole of the South Course during the Earl Hunt Memorial 4th of July Tournament at Whitefish Lake Golf Club on Saturday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

Coral Schulz of Whitefish was a wire-to-wire winner at the 83rd annual Earl Hunt Memorial 4th of July Golf Tournament at Whitefish Lake Golf Club on Saturday.

The senior to be at Montana State University took a four-shot lead into the final round and wound up finishing five shots ahead of defending champion and runner-up Jasi Acharya of Carver, Minnesota.

Schulz shot 69-74-74—217 for the 54-hole event.

Acharya had rounds of 70-80-72—222 with her 72 on Saturday for the women on the North Course the low round of the day.

“I stayed calm, had fun and putted well,” Schulz said.

“My putting was good today. That really helped my score.”

Missoula’s Sean Ramsbacher, who was three shots off the pace after 36 holes, closed with a 1-over 72 on the South Course for a one-shot victory over Liam Clancy.

Ramsbacher shot 72-71-72—215 with Clancy turning in rounds of 70-71-75—216.

Friday’s leader, Payton Taylor of Hamilton, closed with a 77 to tie Garrett Woodin and Byron Olson for third place at 217.

This was the fifth 4th of July Tournament appearance for Schulz. Her previous best finish here was fifth.

“This is the only tournament I wanted to win,” she said.

“It’s my home course and a local hasn’t won it for quite awhile. That was definitely the top goal for the summer.”

The last Flathead Valley woman to win this event was Christine Newton of Whitefish in 1987. Dave Morberg of Kalispell also won the men’s title that year.

Josh Gold of Kalispell won it in 2006.

“Typically, I like to be behind,” she said heading into a final round.

“It gives me strong motivation. Since I wasn’t (Saturday), I didn’t think about it.”

The final day for Schulz, however, was not a breeze. She had a rough start on the first hole.

“I absolutely hooked my tee shot,” she said.

“I then punched a shot, shot to the green and made a big putt for par. I didn’t panic. I played smart.”

Schulz was a two-time Class A state champion for Whitefish High School, winning medalist honors in 2015 and 2016.

“Tim Olson and Terry Nelson and rest of the staff did a fabulous job putting the tournament on,” Schulz said.

“Also (a big thanks) to Chris Newton.”

Final Results

Women

Championship Flight

Coral Schulz 69-74-74--217

Jasi Acharya 70-80-72-222

Cathie Tronson 73-74-76--223

Darah Smith Newell 74-75-75-224

Shealyn Hafer 71-77-82--230

Jackie Mee 74-80-78-232

Teigan Avery 77-80-77-234

Marcy Holt 82-83-80-245

Kinsey Irvin 79-81-85-245

Sadie Crippen 78-83-87-248

Shelby DeVore 83-90-83-256

Emily Garden 87-85-86-258

First Flight

Kathy Dodd 78-78-84-240

Karen Jacobson 81-86-77-244

Jannell Tanner-O’Neal 79-89-78-246

Alana Griffin 89-89-80-258

Ginny Larence 88-85-86-259

Bobbie Lacklen 85-87-88-260

Bella Johnson 85-92-84-261

Jody Fee 89-88-86-263

Ashley Willett 90-97-77-264

Marianne Crippen 87-91-88-266

Marcia Reimers 88-103-92-283

Samantha Peters 98-91-95-284

Second Flight

Louise Cholette Haley 92-84-91-267

Jeanette Cheney 90-93-89-272

Sandy LaPoint 84-91-98-273

Tracey Whisenand 93-97-88-278

Wendy Macker 94-95-98-287

Cindy Stein 97-94-99-290

Cheryl Walter 95-104-94-293

Kristin Hetzer 93-102-98-293

Linda Ray 101-100-93-294

Melanie Kozinuk 102-100-94-296

Ruth Fenn 99-106-95-300

Stacy Denning 99-101-100-300

Trish Eldaun 105-109-97-311

Sandy Carlson 102-112-101-315

Men

Championship Flight

Sean Ramsbacher 72-71-72-215

Liam Clancy 70-71-75-216

Garrett Woodin -78-74-65-217

Byron Olson 71-73-73-217

Payton Taylor 72-68-77-217

Justin Dorr 74-74-70-218

Mark Mance 72-76-70-218

Andrew Medley 74-73-71-218

Shawn Tucker 70-78-72-220

Logan Lindholm 74-73-73-220

Will Ellegard 73-73-74-220

Joey Moore 74-75-72-221

Kyle Mossfeldt 77-74-71-222

Oscar Maxfield 80-74-71-225

Ken Bush 76-77-72-225

Marty Mehl 71-78-76-225

Joseph Potkonjak 74-75-77-226

Conor Rooney 70-73-83-226

Ben Kaul 74-77-76-227

Ross Bartell 80-76-72-228

Sam Krause 72-76-80-228

Bill Dunn 80-78-71-229

Jonny Cielak 82-74-75-231

Bob Hasquet 74-80-78-232

Jack Johnston 84-75-74-233

Samuel Berry 79-84-73-236

Timothy Garden 83-81-73-237

Christian Clark 80-76-81-237

Paull Veroulis 80-81-78-239

Chris Haas 76-87-79-242

Bucky Crippen 80-80-82-242

Cole Kozinuk 83-84-78-245

Brad Grattan 83-79-84-246

Rick Reimers 83-82-82-247

George Wollersheim 89-82-79-250

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