Ted Schulz wins First Tee Open senior event

Louisvillian Ted Schulz won his first PGA golf tournament since 1991 when he took the PGA Champions Tour First Tee Open today at Pebble Beach.

The 64 he fired Saturday was his lowest competitive round in 19 years, and he followed it up with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke win over Tom Pernice, Jr. He had to sink an 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th to stay in the lead.

Schulz, of course, is one of the good guys. After a successful career on the PGA Tour (15 career Top 10 finishes, three victories, $1.6 million earned) , he transitioned successfully into private life in Louisville, where he has been director of golf instruction at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville and an active force for good causes of all kinds around the community. Schulz takes his faith seriously, and has handed out faith-based messages to folks asking for autographs for some time.

I don’t know, but it sure looks like this could be the beginning of a nice run toward the 2011 Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla. That would be some kind of storyline.

Here’s the first-take AP story on today’s win:

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Ted Schulz won the First Tee Open on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, holing an 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach en route to a 2-under 70 and a one-stroke victory over Tom Pernice Jr.

The 50-year-old Schulz — in the field as an alternate in his 12th start on the 50-and-over tour — finished at 14-under 202. It was his first victory since winning the 1991 Nissan Open for the second of his two PGA Tour titles

Pernice finished with a 67. Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Kite closed with 69s to tie for third at 12 under. Fred Couples (68) followed at 11 under.

Jeff Sluman, the 2008 and 2009 winner, shot a 71 to finish at 6 under.

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