The Jim Schuman Senior Championship Show took its normal year long break, but picked up right where it left off last year at Old Hickory GC. For the fourth straight season the Madison native would dominate the narrative with nothing but consistently good play.
This year’s version featured two more great rounds of golf on a traditional tree lined track. He opened up with an impressive 6-under-par 66 at Ridgeway CC on Monday, which resulted in a two shot lead over Eddie Terasa. The opening round would be a typical Schuman round as he would birdie three of the four par fives, and go bogey free.
“It is kind of a narrow driving course and you’ve gotta kind of play those well,” Schuman said. “I did that this week and probably a lot of guys did.”
As for Terasa he also would also go bogey free on the way to his 68 on day one.
With just a two shot lead over Terasa, Schuman knew he couldn’t just sleep walk his way through the final round on Tuesday. The two stayed side by side on the front nine with 2-under-par 34s. However on the closing nine the same theme from day one would reappear. Schuman would go on to birdie all three par 5s on the back nine. For Terasa he would be unable to replicate the execution.
The result for the Blue Mound G&CC director of instruction would be a 4-under-par 68 and a winning total of 134. The score would produce a five shot win over Terasa. It would mark the fifth overall Senior Championship win for Schuman.
“I thought the golf course was good,” Schuman said. “It was fun to play and there was a lot of birdies out there, and you know it ended well for me.”
As an exempt player the Scottsdale resident also spent the week not worrying about qualifying for the national Senior PGA Professional Championship.
The exemption would open up the door for Terasa to grab a spot plus third place finishers, Charlie Brown and Dave Spengler.
With under a week to go, Schuman’s attention will now shift to the 100th Suter Ward Group at Morgan Stanley Wisconsin State Open. He’ll have the great fortune of going for the coveted win at his home course.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in the State Open,” Schuman said. “Just it being at Blue Mound, being a part of the 100th. It is going to be a neat time for everybody.”
The Wisconsin PGA would like to thank Hornung’s Golf Products for their great support the championship. The company was again nice enough to contribute to both the purse and also take care of the skins game pot for the players. A great deal of appreciation also goes out to supporting partners, the PGA Tour, John Deere and the GolfChannel.
We would also like to recognize and thank everyone at Ridgeway CC for hosting the events. The WPGA calendar of events had to be shifted around a bit earlier this year and the club was on board with plenty of flexibility when that happened.