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Fargo golfer misses cut by 2

David Schultz's struggles down the stretch cost him the opportunity to become a full-time regular on the Nationwide Tour. The golfer from Fargo carded bogeys on the final two holes to finish the six-round, final stage of PGA Tour qualifying schoo...

David Schultz's struggles down the stretch cost him the opportunity to become a full-time regular on the Nationwide Tour.

The golfer from Fargo carded bogeys on the final two holes to finish the six-round, final stage of PGA Tour qualifying school at 6-under 426 on Monday at Orange County National Golf Center in Winter Garden, Fla.

Schultz missed fully exempt Nationwide status by two strokes after carding an even-par 72. Two-time PGA tournament winner Frank Lickliter won the event - and earned a PGA Tour card with 26 others - at 29 under.

"I grinded it out all week," said Schultz, who will be partially exempt on the Nationwide Tour next year. "I fought hard the whole day. I absolutely left my heart on the golf course."

Schultz had an up-and-down day on Orange County's Crooked Cat Course.

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Competing against a gusting wind, the Fargo South High graduate opened the day 2 over through six holes.

Schultz battled back to 2 under with birdies on Nos. 17, 1, 4 and 7 to get in position to become a Nationwide regular.

Schultz dropped to 1 under when he couldn't recover from drilling his second shot into a bunker and bogeyed the par-3 eighth.

He bogeyed No. 9 after sailing a par putt past the hole.

"There are a couple ways to look at it," said Schultz, a former Texas Christian University standout who turns 25 on Sunday. "Sure, I didn't get fully exempt on the Nationwide Tour. But I didn't even get through the first stage of Q-school last year. Last year, I didn't have any status anywhere."

Schultz said he hopes to earn a full Nationwide exemption with solid play early in the season.

Schultz said he hopes to play in the first three Nationwide events. Players are reshuffled after seven tournaments, and the top scores on tour are given higher exemption priority.

The full Nationwide schedule has not yet been released.

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However, it has been announced that the Movistar Panama Championships in Panama City will open the season Jan. 24-27. The Mexico Open will follow from Jan. 28-Feb. 3.

"When I get to events, I have to play well," Schultz said. "I'm going to have to fight for everything I get on the Nationwide Tour next year."

Schultz will be able to qualify next year at any event he isn't already exempt.

Last season, Schultz made two Nationwide tournaments in 13 attempts at Monday qualifying tournaments. He missed the cut at both.

For now, Schultz said he's ready for rest after playing a grueling 108 holes over six days.

"It's been a long run, but it's been fun," he said. "Six rounds is brutal. I played football and hockey and I can't believe I'm this sore from playing golf."

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562.

Hotzler's small college blog can be found at www.areavoices.com

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