Todd Schaap

Todd Schaap earned medalist honors in U.S. Senior Open qualifying at Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine.

RACINE — Todd Schaap has a nice golf resume, but he said it didn’t compare with those of many other contestants in the U.S. Senior Open qualifier at Meadowbrook Country Club on Friday.

“Are you kidding?” Schaap said. “I’m a schmo.”

So, guess who won the qualifier and will tee it up June 27 at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana?

Schaap, 51, an amateur from Kenosha and a member at Meadowbrook, shot a bogey-free 3-under 68 to take medalist honors.

“I don’t know where it came from, to be honest with you,” he said. “I hadn’t been playing all that well coming into this. It was just a nice round of golf. I hit 16 greens. I kind of know the greens and where the pins are. They were five, four and three (paces) off the edges. I spent the whole day hitting the middle of the greens and taking what it gave me.”

Jim Schuman of Madison earned the second spot, making a birdie on the 17th hole to shoot 69.

Schuman, 55, a member of the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame who teaches at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club, will be making his third consecutive U.S. Senior Open appearance. He tied for 49th two years ago at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Massachusetts, and missed the cut last year at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“It’s great to get out and compete,” Schuman said. “I really enjoy that. The guys are great and obviously when you get to this stage you know a lot of them because they’re still trying to play and make it to these kinds of events. So, I’m just ecstatic.”

Mike Genovese of Pace, Florida, shot a 70 and will be the first alternate. Robin Byrd of Satellite Beach, Florida, shot a 71 and is the second alternate. Genovese made a costly double-bogey on the 18th hole when a par would have been good enough to advance.

Schaap is a member at Meadowbrook and Kenosha Country Club, where he worked as an assistant professional for seven years before regaining his amateur status about 17 years ago. He has won the Racine Tri-Course Championship and four Wisconsin State Golf Association titles, including the 1986 Boys’ Junior and the Mid-Amateur three times.

“I played in the CPC (PGA Club Professional Championship) back when I was a pro, but I haven’t played in anything that is a major,” Schaap said. “If you look at the leader board right now and see who’s out there, there’s no slouches. These guys are far more accomplished players than I am.”

Yet, his name was the one on top.

Among those who failed to advance were Brian Mogg of Orlando, a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher (72); former No. 1-ranked senior amateur Gene Elliott of West Des Moines, Iowa (72); University of Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small (73); and former major-league pitcher and Racine native Shane Rawley (79).

Schaap rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the second hole, an 8-footer on No. 14 and a 20-footer on No. 16.

“The two greens that I missed, I wouldn’t say they were easy up and downs,” he said. “The degree of difficulty was high but I got both of them within three feet.”

Schaap finished second to Schuman in his first attempt at U.S. Senior Open qualifying last year. He was first alternate, but did not get to go to The Broadmoor.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said of making it through. “I called my wife and I said, ‘Hey, guess what? We might be going someplace.’”

Schuman made a “not very smart bogey” on the par-5 13th but otherwise was his usual solid self, rolling in birdie putts on Nos. 6 and 10 and the big one, a 12-footer, on the par-3 17th.

“Three in a row,” he said of his U.S. Senior Open appearances. “I somehow grind it out. It’s exciting, obviously.”

IN CONTENTION - Qualifiers: 2  Alternates: 2
1 Todd Schaap (a)  Kenosha, WIF-368 
2 Jim Schuman  Scottsdale, AZF-269 
3 Mike Genovese  Pace, FL (alternate)F-170 
4 Robin Byrd  Satellite Beach, FL (alternate) FE71 
T5 Ernest Kocs  Madison, WIF+172 
T5 Gary March  Arlington Heights, ILF+172 
T5 Gene Elliott (a)  West Des Moines, IAF+172 
T5 Brian Mogg  Orlando, FLF+172 
T9 Tom Chambers (a)  Union Grove, WIF+273 
T9 Mike Small  Champaign, ILF+273 
T9 Constant Demattia  Golf, ILF+273 
T12 Brian Fogt  St. Louis, MOF+374 
T12 Jeffrey Schmid  Iowa City, IAF+374 
T12 Mike Troy  Naperville, ILF+374 
T12 Mark Walker  Frisco, TXF+374 
T12 Paul Erdman (a)  Erie, COF+374 
T12 Charlie Brown  Sturtevant, WIF+374 
18 Brian Silvers (a)  Rockford, ILF+475 
T19 Craig Sopko (a)  Lake Forest, ILF+576 
T19 Ralph Spevere (a)  Oswego, ILF+576 
T19 Eric Brito  Sheboygan, WIF+576 
T19 James Buenzli  Prairie Grove, ILF+576 
T19 J Kevin Marion  Lake Forest, ILF+576 
T19 David Feder (a)  Lincolnshire, ILF+576 
T25 Jim Gaugert Jr.  Lake Geneva, WIF+677 
T25 Ron Waytula (a)  McHenry, ILF+677 
T25 Daniel Moore (a)  Chicago, ILF+677 
T25 Joel Peck  Madison, WIF+677 
T25 Kevin Cahill (a)  Waukesha, WIF+677 
T25 Jim Doing (a)  Verona, WIF+677 
T31 Mike Greb (a)  Racine, WIF+778 
T31 Timothy Grogan  Milwaukee, WIF+778 
T31 John Connelly  Perrysburg, OHF+778 
T31 Dave Cunningham  Glenview, ILF+778 
T31 Ian Doig  CanadaF+778 
T31 Thomas Halla (a)  Colgate, WIF+778 
T37 John Cyboran  Wisconsin Rapids, WIF+879 
T37 Peter Krause  Coleman, WIF+879 
T37 Shane Rawley  Sarasota, FLF+879 
T40 Joe Palmer (a)  Norwalk, IAF+980 
T40 Scott Lunde  Manhattan, ILF+980 
T40 Andy Shuman  Long Grove, ILF+980 
T40 Timothy Metko  Rochester Hills, MIF+980 
T40 Jim Rollefson (a)  Franklin, WIF+980 
T40 Blake Johnson (a)  Winnetka, ILF+980 
T46 Brien Gerber (a)  Naperville, ILF+1081 
T46 Kevin Rafferty  Hawthorn Woods, ILF+1081 
T46 Steve Krause  Waterford, WIF+1081 
T49 Rocky Sperka (a)  New Berlin, WIF+1182 
T49 John Ciciora (a)  Oak Brook, ILF+1182 
T49 Ramiro Romo (a)  Burlington, WIF+1182 
T52 Scott Lang (a)  Lake Forest, ILF+1384 
T52 Terry Cook (a)  West Des Moines, IAF+1384 
54 Greg Dick  Milwaukee, WIF+1485 
T55 John Kestly (a)  Pewaukee, WIF+1586 
T55 Victor Tyson  Elmhurst, ILF+1586 
T55 Michael Saletta (a)  Chicago, ILF+1586 
T55 Robert Gregorski (a)  Appleton, WIF+1586 
59 Matthew Vahala  Elkhart, INF+1687 
T60 Jerry Maatman (a)  Winnetka, ILF+1788 
T60 Paul Borek (a)  Greenville, WIF+1788 
62 Thomas Peterson (a)  Lake Forest, ILF+2091 
63 Stu Bloom (a)  Waukesha, WIF+2293 
WD John Brennan (a)  Grayslake, IL+4   
WD Robert Below  Sun Lakes, AZ    
WD Clark Eichstedt  Kewaskum, WI    
WD Mark Faulkner  Carterville, IL    
WD Stephen Gray (a)  Michigan City, IN    
WD Jim Jablonski  Peoria, AZ    
WD Philip Nathanson  Scottsdale, AZ    
WD Michael Schille (a)  Hurst, TX    
WD Tim Scott (a)  Boone, IA    
WD Stan Utley  Scottsdale, AZ    
JWD Ken Mattini (a)  Wheeling, IL

Gary has covered golf in Wisconsin since 1980 and is a multiple award winner in the GWAA writing contest. He was inducted into the WSGA Hall of Fame in 2017 and joined Wisconsin.Golf in 2018 after a distinguished career at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.