SCHNELL SHOOTS 65, TIES FOR 2ND AT ARROWHEAD
March 20, 2009
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brady Scnell, who shot 63 in the final round to win the North Dakota State Open six months ago, had a chance to do something similar on Friday in first tournament of the Gateway Tour's Desert Spring Series.
The 23-year-old former University of Nebraska star birdied six of the first eight holes in the final round at The Legend at Arrowhead Golf Club, and eight of the first 12. But from there, he played 1 over par, with one bogey and five pars.
It all added up to a 7-under-par 65, a tie for second place (along with James Drew) -- and $8,575.
Second-round leader Drew Stoltz didn't exactly sit on his lead. He shot a 67 and won the tournament by three strokes with a 54-hole total of 200. That earned him $16,000.
Schnell and James Drew wound up three strokes behind at 203.
Schnell, who was the leading money-winner on the '08 Dakotas Tour with just under $62,000, has now made $22,744 in nine Gateway Tournaments this year.
Josh Persons, the former Gopher who was in third place going into Friday's round, could do no better than a 74 and dropped back into a tie for 18th place at 209, which was worth $1,400.
Desert Spring Series
At The Legend at Arrowhead Golf Club
Par 72, 6,969 yards
1. Drew Stoltz, Scottsdale $16,000 65-68-67--200
T2. Brady Schnell, Milford, Iowa 8,575 67-71-65--203
T2. James Drew, Las Vegas 8,575 66-71-66--203
4. Benoit Beisser, Scottsdale 5,500 68-71-65--204
T18. Josh Persons, Fargo 1,680 66-69-74--209
T23. Eric Johnson, Elk River 1,400 69-70-71--210
T29. Neil Johnson, River Falls 1,175 73-68-71--212
Missed cut (142)
Kane Hanson 69-74--143
David Morgan, Rochester 74-71--145