As the snow hits the ground in Wisconsin it is hard to believe just last month that the Wisconsin PGA wrapped up three season-long match play competitions. Coming to a close were the Four-Ball Match Play team event, WAGPA (Assistants) Match Play and the first ever Senior Match Play. Snagging the elusive titles were Jim Schuman and Joe Stadler in the four-ball, Mick Smith in the assistants and Schuman once again as he also claimed the senior competition.
On the team side of things the WPGA Four-Ball Match Play produced another exciting run throughout the season. After seeding took place at the season opening Spring Pro-Pro Better Ball, a bracket of 32 teams then faced off throughout the season to determine the 2018 champions. The champions had quite a challenge to take home this year’s win. Some of which was produced by the weather and navigating the sometimes difficult task of just scheduling matches. However when Mother Nature cooperated the twosome produced a mixture of both close and wide margin wins. For Schuman and Stadler it took wins of 4&3, 2&1, 22 holes, 5&4, and 1up in the finals over Tom Boockmeier and David Spengler Jr. The win earned the victors $1,000 each and the always important bragging rights over the rest of the field.
The WPGA would like to thank the PGA Tour, Harris Golf Cars and Sun Mountain for their support of the WPGA Four-Ball Match Play.
Smith’s journey to the WAGPA Match Play title started at WAGPA Stroke & Match Play at Wild Rock GC back in early May. His solid even par qualifying round in the morning vaulted him up into the no. 3 seed in the 32 player match play bracket. Over the course of the next four months the native Australian would then fight his way past Jake Wisniewski by a 2&1 margin, Joe Wood (4&2), Joaquin Diaz (6&5) and Neal Grusczynski (2&1). The streak of victories would setup a trip to finals against the defending champion, Chad Sandee. In early October the twosome would settle on determining a victor by tackling the Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run. Throughout the day Smith’s consistency of racking up pars wouldwin out in the end and result in a 4&3 win.
With the win Smith becomes the second assistant (Andrew Troyanaek in 2016) in the past three years to successfully capture both the WAGPA Stroke and Match Play Championships.
WAGPA would like to thank all the facilities that helped host all the matches throughout the year and also the Wisconsin Golf Salespersons Association and OMEGA watches for their sponsorship of the WAGPA Match Play in 2018.
In the over 50 crowd it was another impressive run to a WPGA title for Jim Schuman. After an opening round bye the Madison native became the first ever WPGA Senior Play Champion with wins of 4&3, 5&4, 5&3 and finally 3&2 over Eddie Terasa in the finals. The victory handed Schuman ownership of the Senior Match Play, WPGA Senior Stroke Play and Wisconsin State Senior Open titles all at once.