Jim Schuman is going back to school — the final stage of PGA Tour Champions Qualifying School, that is.

But the Madison native feels prouder about representing Blue Mound G&CC and the members who have continued to let him play a busy competitive schedule while he serves as their director of instruction than he does about any doors that might open while he does it.

That was Schuman’s take on the spoils that went with his runner-up finish Sunday at the PGA Senior Professionals Championship at Desert Mountain Resort. Schuman shot 2-under-par 70 in the final round to finish the 72-hole event at 7-under 281, five shots behind champion Frank Esposito of New Jersey, whose 68 got him to 12-under 276.

The top-five finish gives Schuman an exemption into the final stage of qualifying for the PGA Tour Champions. It also gives him a spot in the 2018 Senior PGA Championship, which is May 23-27 at Benton Harbor, Michigan; and the 2018 Senior PGA Professionals Championship.

“All I can say is it was great to have a few of our Blue Mound members out there following (Sunday),” Schuman said in a telephone interview, revealing that he will spend this winter in Miami on the teaching staff of long-time associate Rick Smith, who is taking over for Jim McLean as the new director of instruction at Trump National Doral. “There’s a lot on my plate right now outside of playing so I’ll have to sit back and think about that one a bit. Obviously, it’s quite an honor to get an exemption into that final stage (of PGA Tour Champions Q-School).”

Schuman had to work for it, though.

Three shots behind Esposito when the day began, Schuman put himself in a tough spot with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 2 and 3 early in his round. He rebounded with birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 to turn in even-par.

After a birdie/bogey sequence at Nos. 11 and 12, Schuman moved into second place with birdies at the par-5 15th and par-3 17th holes.

“I took a chance on 15 because I thought I needed to at that point,” Schuman said. “That’s a really difficult hole. I think I might have had about 229 (yards) into an island green on the par 5. I hit a really good shot into there and made birdie. The par 5s were good and the par 3s I played really well (Sunday). The key was not making any big mistakes.”

The 300 points he earned for his finish moved him past Ridgeway CC’s Ryan Helminen and into first place in the WPGA Player-of-the-Year points standings. If he is able to maintain his position, Schuman will sweep the regular and senior versions of the WPGA player-of-the-year awards.

“It’s been a little bit tiring, but it’s been a great summer for me,” said Schuman, 54, who won the WPGA Professionals Championship, the WPGA Senior Professionals Championship, the U.S. Senior Open local qualifying and the WPGA Match-Play Championship and finished second at the Wisconsin State Senior Open. “Like I said, I can’t thank enough the membership at Blue Mound for encouraging me to play. They really are keeping that fire burning under me. It’s been unbelievable.” 


 

 

Place

Player

Facility

Total to Par

Today

R1

R2

R3

R4

Score

1

ESPOSITO, Frank

Forsgate CC, NJ

-12

-4

68 C

71 G

69

68

276

2

SCHUMAN, Jim

Blue Mound Golf & Country Club, AZ

-7

-2

68 C

72 G

71

70

281

3

SMITH, Stuart

Somersett Golf & Country Club, NV

-6

-4

76 G

71 C

67

68

282

T4

SMALL, Mike

University of Illinois, IL

-4

-4

65 G

79 C

72

68

284

T4

MIELKE, Mark

Life Member

-4

E

69 C

74 G

69

72

284

T4

SCHNEITER, Steve

Schneiter's Pebblebrook, UT

-4

1

68 G

67 C

76

73

284

T4

STARKJOHANN, Chris

Life Member

-4

3

71 G

68 C

70

75

284

T8

LANCASTER, Neal

Life Member

-3

-1

71 C

74 G

69

71

285

T8

STAUFFER, Kirk

Pine Acres Country Club, PA

-3

E

72 C

71 G

70

72

285

T8

CHAPMAN, Walt

Fairways and Greens Golf Cntr, TN

-3

2

71 C

69 G

71

74

285

T11

LARDON, Brad

The Club at Las Campanas, NM

-2

-3

73 G

72 C

72

69

286

T11

ESTES, Jim

Olney Golf Park, MD

-2

-1

75 C

71 G

69

71

286

T11

KAUFMAN, Chris

BallenIsles C C, FL

-2

-7

76 G

72 C

73

65

286

T11

TUCKER, Mark

Cazenovia CC, NY

-2

1

70 C

72 G

71

73

286

T15

HAYASHI, Kevin

Hilo Municipal Golf Course, HI

-1

-2

73 G

74 C

70

70

287

T15

BOROS, Joe

Treesdale G & C C, PA

-1

1

73 G

68 C

73

73

287

T15

WILKIN, Rob

Heritage Park Golf Course, KS

-1

2

74 C

68 G

71

74

287

T18

SCHULTZ, Dirk

Beaver Creek Country Club, MD

E

-1

70 C

76 G

71

71

288

T18

GENOVESE, Mike

Summit Driving Range, FL

E

E

72 G

74 C

70

72

288

T18

BROWN, Mark

Tam O'Shanter Golf Club, NY

E

E

72 C

72 G

72

72

288

T21

MORTON, Rick

Rock Creek Golf & Country Club, NC

1

-1

69 C

71 G

78

71

289

T21

EMPEY, Jim

Quail Hollow Golf Club, ID

1

E

77 G

72 C

68

72

289

T21

KESTNER, Darrell

Deepdale Golf Club, NY

1

1

71 G

72 C

73

73

289

T21

TOUMA, Ricky

Burning Tree Club, MD

1

1

68 C

74 G

74

73

289

T21

O'TOOLE, Mike

Riverside Golf Course, IN

1

4

68 C

68 G

77

76

289

T26

FLEMING, Tim

Oklahoma City Golf & CC, OK

2

E

74 C

69 G

75

72

290

T26

ULRICH, Gus

Pinewild CC of Pinehurst, NC

2

-1

78 G

71 C

70

71

290

T26

SEDORCEK, Rob

Country Club of St. Albans, MO

2

1

72 G

72 C

73

73

290

T26

DALEY, Joe

Life Member

2

2

69 G

71 C

76

74

290

T26

NIEPORTE, John

Trump International GC, FL

2

3

70 C

73 G

72

75

290

T26

SKINNER, Sonny

Spring Hill Country Club, GA

2

3

73 G

71 C

71

75

290

T32

CAIRNS, Brian

Fox Hills Learning Center, MI

3

1

74 G

74 C

70

73

291

T32

VUCINICH, Roy

Life Member

3

1

76 C

72 G

70

73

291

T32

FIEGER, Gene

The Club Pelican Bay, FL

3

1

74 G

71 C

73

73

291

T32

THOMPSON, Robert

Whispering Pines Golf Club, TX

3

-1

73 G

74 C

73

71

291

T32

STEVENS, Craig

Brookstone Golf & CC, GA

3

-2

70 C

76 G

75

70

291

T32

RANDOLPH, Sam

Mira Vista Country Club, TX

3

9

69 G

71 C

70

81

291

Advancing to 2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

T38

COSTON, Jeff

Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club, WA

4

2

73 C

71 G

74

74

292

T38

JOHNSON, Chris

Life Member

4

3

69 G

74 C

74

75

292

T38

FIEDLER, Jon

Las Posas Country Club, CA

4

E

73 C

74 G

73

72

292

T38

MASON, James

Life Member

4

E

74 G

70 C

76

72

292

T38

KELLY, Shawn

The Ridge Golf Course, CA

4

-1

74 C

71 G

76

71

292

T43

MELSON, Jared

Bear Trace Tims Ford, TN

5

3

72 C

73 G

73

75

293

T43

THOMAS, Craig

METROPOLIS COUNTRY CLUB, NY

5

3

71 C

75 G

72

75

293

T43

HANEFELD, Kirk

Salem Country Club, MA

5

4

70 G

72 C

75

76

293

T43

ROHRBAUGH, Doug

Ironbridge Golf Club, CO

5

2

72 C

73 G

74

74

293

T43

BLACK, Ronnie

Life Member

5

2

70 G

70 C

79

74

293

T43

ROTH, Jeff

Life Member

5

5

73 C

74 G

69

77

293

T49

COLE, Rick

Eaton Country Club, CO

6

4

73 G

70 C

75

76

294

T49

HEARN, Tom

PGA TOUR, FL

6

4

74 G

72 C

72

76

294

T49

SMITH, Bruce

Black Belt Golf Academy, TX

6

3

72 G

75 C

72

75

294

T49

SCHUESSLER, Rea

Kiva Dunes, AL

6

2

68 C

80 G

72

74

294

T49

PILLAR, John

CC at Woodloch Springs, PA

6

1

77 C

71 G

73

73

294

T49

HOUTTEMAN, Lee

Manitou Passage Golf Club, MI

6

E

68 C

80 G

74

72

294

T55

BOLLING, Charlie

Life Member

7

4

74 G

70 C

75

76

295

T55

LUNDSTROM, David

Life Member

7

7

72 C

72 G

72

79

295

T55

INGRAHAM, Stu

MGolf Range & Learning Center, PA

7

3

70 G

76 C

74

75

295

T55

HARVEY, Bill

Ladera Golf Course, NM

7

2

77 C

72 G

72

74

295

T55

WITTIG, Randy

Gainey Ranch Golf Club, AZ

7

2

70 C

75 G

76

74

295

T55

DOLCI, Denny

Buhl Park Golf Course & Drivin, PA

7

2

75 G

71 C

75

74

295

T55

OLSEN, Dan

Quail Creek Country Club, FL

7

1

78 G

71 C

73

73

295

T62

FOGT, Brian

Bellerive Country Club, MO

8

5

76 C

72 G

71

77

296

T62

MEACHAM, Mark

Hallbrook Country Club, KS

8

3

74 C

74 G

73

75

296

T64

HEINTZELMAN, Webb

Turner Hill Golf Club, MA

9

6

72 G

74 C

73

78

297

T64

ARNETT, Ricky

Great Hills Country Club, TX

9

9

74 G

69 C

73

81

297

T64

MCAULIFFE, Frank

Meadowbrook Country Club, MI

9

5

75 C

72 G

73

77

297

T67

GRIFFIN, Talbert

Timberline Golf Club, AL

10

6

75 C

73 G

72

78

298

T67

MURRAY, Brent

Oswego Lake Country Club, OR

10

6

72 G

75 C

73

78

298

T69

DIETSCHE, Paul

Redlands Country Club, CA

11

7

77 G

70 C

73

79

299

T69

LOEFFLER, Bill

The Links Golf Course, CO

11

6

75 C

73 G

73

78

299

T71

MILAM, Tony

North Coast Junior Tour, OH

16

11

78 G

71 C

72

83

304

T71

BAUMAN, Doug

Biltmore Country Club, IL

16

10

72 C

71 G

79

82

304