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WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- It had been 12 years since Jim Schuman last won the Wisconsin PGA Professionals Championship.

But the Madison native and teaching professional at Blue Mound G&CC in Wauwatosa has spent the summer turning back the hands of time. So what was one more win over Father Time?

“I really have played well,” Schuman admitted Tuesday after he shot a final-round 74 and, at 4-under-par 212 for the 54-hole event, held off Ryan Helminen of Ridgeway CC in Neenah to win by four shots for his fourth WPGA title and first since winning his third in five years in 2005. “It’s a been a great year for me. At age 53, I can’t ask for much more. I’m ecstatic about it.”

After shooting a pair of 69s in Monday's 36-hole opening round, Schuman final 18 holes weren't quite as smooth Tuesday. He made three birdies and five bogeys, following a marathon first day in which he made 10 birdies and one eagle vs. six bogeys.

Then again, there were a lot of golfers in the same boat. The 64 golfers in the field combined to average 78.2 in Tuesday's final round.

“I don’t think I was hitting it that great, but no one else was either,” Schuman said. “(Bull’s Eye is) one of those of courses where if you miss a couple fairways, you start thinking about it. It’s tight out there with the trees, and if you start guiding it, it can go sideways quickly if you’re not careful. Today wasn’t the best, but it was good enough to move on.”

The moving on part came in the form of one of five berths in the 2018 National PGA Professionals Championship at Bayonet Black Horse GC in Seaside, California. Helminen, Thomas Burton of the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee, Joe Leonard of Bull's Eye CC and Kurt Mantyla of Naga-Waukee GC in Pewaukee will join Schuman at the national championship.

Schuman called the opportunity to play in the event “quite an honor.” Helminen, who finished in the top 20 there three years in a row until this year, admitted it was tough to keep thoughts of the national tournament out of his head while he played this week.

“For me, the national is a huge event, and that puts a lot of pressure on this event because you have to play well here to earn a spot,” Helminen said. “This tournament is a grind because you want something to look forward to over the winter to get to the national next June and hopefully qualify for the PGA Championship. You want to concentrate on every shot, but, yeah, I’m always a little bit jumpy when I get to this tournament.”

Schuman's win earned him $4,100, keeping him atop the WPGA money list with $17,182 -- $2,614 ahead of Helminen. The former University of Wisconsin men's golf coach also leads the former Badgers golfer 1,308-1,230 in the WPGA Player-of-the-Year points race.

WPGA correspondent Rick Pledl contributed to this report

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2Ryan Helminen  Ridgeway CC+1F-1727073215$2,900.00 
3Thomas Burton  Wisconsin Club-3F+1777169217$2,300.00 
4Joe Leonard  Bull's Eye CC-2F+2747470218$1,800.00 
5Kurt Mantyla  Naga-Waukee GC-1F+3747471219$1,450.00 
T6Eddie Terasa  North Hills CCEF+4707872220$1,085.00 
T6David Roesch  Storm's Golf Range+1F+4757273220$1,085.00 
T8Mark Voeller  Golf Galaxy - Brookfield+2F+5737474221$855.00 
T8Charlie Brown  Tuckaway CC+2F+5737474221$855.00 
T10Jeff Bisbee  Bisbee's Golf Center+3F+6727575222$715.00 
T10John Freeman  Edgewood GC+6F+6756978222$715.00 
12Kyle Kunash  Grand Geneva Resort+1F+7737773223$650.00 
T13Craig Czerniejewski  Washington County GC+2F+9767574225$555.00 
T13Tim Bauman  Green Bay CC+3F+9757575225$555.00 
T13Rich Tock  Erin Hills+4F+9747576225$555.00 
T13Timothy Schroyer  Pine Hills CC+4F+9767376225$555.00 
17Brian Pionkowski  Waupaca CC+6F+10727678226$480.00 
T18Jeffrey Kaiser  TaylorMade Player Dev Center-3F+11797969227$450.00 
T18Andrew Barrett  Brown Deer Park GC+5F+11737777227$450.00 
20Doug Cheever  Wausau CC+3F+12797475228$420.00 
21Michael Crowley  Morningstar GC+6F+13767578229$400.00 
T22Tim Grogan  Fore Milwaukee+3F+14777875230$360.00 
T22Evan Hewes  Hawthorne Hills GC+3F+14817475230$360.00 
T22Erik Stenseth  University Ridge GC+4F+14787676230$360.00 
T25Glenn Fischer  North Shore GC+7F+15767679231$310.00 
T25Mark Krause  Muskego Lakes CC+9F+15777381231$310.00 
T27Justin Fox  Thornberry Creek @ Oneida+3F+16748375232$270.00 
T27Scott Mowatt  Lake Windsor GC+5F+16777877232$270.00 
T29Brian Jensen  Oliphant Golf Management+3F+17807875233$226.67 
T29Jason Rasmussen  North Shore CC+4F+17817676233$226.67 
T29Chad Sandee  The Bull+8F+17797480233$226.67 
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T34James Lombardo  Erin Hills+5F+20768377236$0.00 
T34Jason Samuelian  Meadowbrook CC+7F+20797879236$0.00 
37Ryan Zonski  Whistling Straits GC+8F+21837480237$0.00 
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T42Dylan Hills  University Club+16F+23757688239$0.00 
45Doug Mortola  Golf Galaxy - Greenfield+11F+24787983240$0.00 
T46Matt Kennedy  Door Creek GC+8F+25808180241$0.00 
T46David Spengler  Riverside GC+10F+25807982241$0.00 
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51Matthew Reel  Koshkonong Mounds CC+8F+27838080243$0.00 
T52Troy Schmidt  Blackstone Creek GC+6F+28838378244$0.00 
T52Paul Kostelac  Cherokee CC+10F+28748882244$0.00 
T52Daniel Hoffman  Tour Edge+11F+28847783244$0.00 
T52Eric Gitter  TaylorMade+11F+28798283244$0.00 
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57Harlan Kastein  North Shore GC+15F+32827987248$0.00 
58Dave Kemnitz  Minocqua CC+10F+33828582249$0.00 
59James Anderson  Westmoor CC+11F+37937783253$0.00 
T60Michael Miezin  University Club+12F+38838784254$0.00 
T60Jason Wachtl  Butte Des Morts CC+20F+38837992254$0.00 
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63Joshua Doxtator  Thornberry Creek @ Oneida+11F+40878683256$0.00 
64Gunnar Stapp  North Shore CC+16F+46898588262$0.00