Utah Section PGA member Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah made two clutch closing
pars for a 70 to win the 50-59 division of the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship at
16-under 200, edging Walt Chapman by a shot. Schneiter had a three-shot lead with
three holes left, but the gap was cut to one when he bogeyed the par- 5 16th and
“I just played solid, hitting a bunch of greens. The putts didn’t go in today like they
had the last two days,” said Schneiter, who has qualified for 12 PGA Championships. “It
always feels good to win these PGA tournaments. I wasn’t expecting a lot, considering I
was (snow) skiing two weeks ago.”
Chapman came within a violent lip out for birdie at the 17th hole, or he would have
forced a playoff with Schneiter.
“I hit it perfect; I was walking to get it out of the hole,” Chapman said. “But I’m really
tickled with the way I played.”
It took Schneiter 33 holes before he made his first bogey during second round play. So
what does he do next? Finish with three birdies for an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead
heading into the final round at PGA Golf Club.
“That was big because it could have gone the other way just as easily,” Schneiter said
of the late birdies. “I just hung in there and didn’t let the bogey get to me.”
Schneiter was at 14-under 130 after 36 holes, which is some of the best golf of his
career. Yet all it gave him was just a one-shot lead over Chapman of Knoxville, Tenn. As
luck would have it, the two played together all three rounds.
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Utah’s Schneiter Wins PGA
Senior Stroke Play Championship
PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship Results