(Jim Schuman with Host PGA General Manager Mark Bergman)
Portions of this write-up were contributed by Gary D’Amato and Wisconsin.Golf
Blue Mound G&CC PGA Teaching Professional Jim Schuman did what he does best on Tuesday en route to his third straight Wisconsin Senior PGA Professional Championship. He played it steady, limited his mistakes, and in the process cruised to the win. On the demanding tree lined Old Hickory Golf Club track the day was tailor made for Schuman. As the day moved along his nearest pursuers would lose ground little by little, all the while the victor was busy piling up the pars.
The final grouping on Tuesday would be made up of Schuman, Charlie Brown and Brad Peck. Brown was able to kick off the event on Monday by matching Schuman’s 2-under-par 70. The lowest score of the day. Just one shot back would be Peck as he joined Schuman and Brown as the only three golfers to break par on day one.
As round two play got underway, it looked like the storyline would consist of a battle until the end. All three players would start their day with 2 pars, a bogey on the par 3 3rd, and a bounce back birdie on the par 5 4th. Standing on the 5th tee though would be the closest the trio would be the rest of the day. The final fourteen holes would be an example of what makes Schuman so tough to beat. He would go bogey free the rest of the way and card his lone birdie on the par 4 13th. His 1-under-par 71 would give him a two-round total of 3-under-par 141.
In the end the score would be good enough to earn seven shot win over Peck and Eddie Terasa. As for Brown he ended up settling for 4th place, nine shots back.
“We have some great senior players in our section,” Schuman said. “To be the only guy to shoot under par, I’m really excited and proud of that.”
The win marked the 4th overall Wisconsin Senior PGA Professional Championship for Schuman. In addition to 2017 and 2018, his other win came in 2015.
The championship title will also bring Schuman a chance to tee it up at his sixth straight Senior PGA Professional Championship. The last five berths have come competing in Wisconsin, while his first was earned through his play when he was teaching full time in Arizona back in 2014.
“Obviously it’s great to win but everyone is looking to play at the highest level and that’s the next step,” the Madison native said.
Making the trip to the national event with Schuman will be Peck and Terasa. They will represent the Wisconsin Section on October 3rd-6th at the Omi Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.
A big thank you goes out to all the event partners of the Wisconsin Senior PGA Professional Championship. It was a great championship once again and it would not have been possible without their support.
The WPGA would also like to express our appreciation to Old Hickory GC and their staff. The club did a great job of hosting, including some providing some top notch course conditions for the players to compete on.