Dixon wins stroke play championship


North Little Rock resident Trey Schaap was a putt away from forcing a shootout at the Pine Bluff Country Club Stroke Play Championship.

“I missed a four-footer on 18 that would have tied for the lead and we would have played in a playoff,” the KABZ-FM 103.7 personality said. “That kind of stung a little bit when I found that out.”

Schaap, who shot a 68 on Sunday, was two groups ahead of eventual winner Chris Dixon, who finished the two-day tournament with a score of 139.

“I love the golf course and I always play well,” Schaap said. “I didn’t have a good day Saturday, so I needed a good day on Sunday.”

Schaap said the biggest difference for him was his short game — which ironically caused him to finish runner-up.

“I made more putts (on Sunday),” Schaap said. “I had three three-putts on Saturday and on Sunday, I didn’t have any.”

He also bogeyed hole 12 and if he hadn’t, Schaap estimates “I could have shot a 65.”

White Hall’s Wes McNulty — who was leading the tournament going into Sunday — shot a 74 on Sunday to fall to a fourth place tie with Connor Murphy and Corbin Renner.

“The course is tight,” Schaap said. “You have to be accurate. And on Sunday, I hit three fairways but it did not miss by much on the others.

“I was able to get up and down for the most part.”

Schaap said he shot maybe 24 putts on the second day.

“My strength is in my short game,” Schaap said. “It kind of went away this summer, but I feel like it is back now.”

Schapp, 38, will team up with McNulty this weekend to compete in the Four-Ball Invitational. He is hoping to do well enough to be selected for the USGA state team.

“Three amateurs from Arkansas will be picked to represent the state,” Schaap said.

This year’s tournament will be held in Indiana at the end of September.