Shuman steals the show at final Q-School of 2018
May 04, 2018
By Brendan Stasiewich, PGATOUR.COM
- May 04, 2018
- Shuman shot a final-round 68 to finish under par all four rounds. (Duke Athletics)
COURTENAY, British Columbia, Canada—Amateur Jake Shuman claimed medalist honors at the fifth and final Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament at Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community, shooting a final-round 68 to edge fellow American Brinson Paolini. William Griffin finished third.
Shuman was under-par in each of his four rounds, playing the par-5s in 13 under, birdieing all eight in the final two rounds.
The Duke senior birdied his first hole of the final round before giving one back on the third. The product of Needham, Massachusetts, quickly bounced back, making birdie at the fifth and sixth before making his final bogey of the tournament, on the seventh.
From there on in, Shuman played marvelous golf, sandwiching a birdie on 13 between circles on his scorecard at Nos. 10 and 15, closing the day with three pars for the victory.
“If that’s not the best tournament I’ve ever played, it’s one of the best,” said Shuman, following his round.
Putting heat on Shuman down the stretch was Paolini, another Duke alum. After making nine pars on the front nine, Paolini birdied 10 and then made three in a row from the 15th to the 17th to get within one shot of Shuman.
Paolini had a 20-foot look for birdie on the 18th that narrowly slid by the hole as he settled for the runner-up position.
Griffin pieced together three of the best rounds of the tournament, highlighted by his second-round 65, including an ace that gave him the lead going into the third round.
Griffin battled back Friday from his third-round 73, capping a bogey-free 66 with a 15-foot birdie putt on 18.
Amateur Grant Hirschman, a senior at the University of Oklahoma, finished fourth, and fellow amateur Chandler Blanchet, who tied for fifth alongside Nicholas Pandelena, won a playoff to receive status through the first eight events. Pandelena receives status through the first four events.
Riley Wheeldon is no stranger to island golf. Growing up in Comox, British Columbia, Wheeldon has played a number of rounds at Crown Isle, with Friday’s round one of his more important ones. A winner on the Mackenzie Tour in 2013, Wheeldon shot his second 67 of the week to jump 13 spots into a tie for seventh.
Jake Shuman is the second amateur to medal at Q-School this year. He joins Lipscomb University senior Dawson Armstrong, who won the Q-School event at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in late-March.
Amateur Grant Hirschman played a clean first 13 holes, making four birdies, taking the lead after after a 3 at the par-4 11th. However, Hirschman faltered down the stretch, making bogeys on the 14th and 17th that took him out of contention.
Proving that you can’t count yourself out after a single poor round, amateur Rylee Reinertson battled back from a first-round 75 to tie for 10th, shooting a 65 Thursday and a final-round 69.
At the first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament, in Santee, California, Sam Fidone won medalist honors, earning fully-exempt status for the 2018 season. William Griffin came close to matching his high school classmate’s feat this week, only to come up a couple of strokes short. Griffin and Fidone attended Lufkin High together, graduating in 2011. Griffin attended the University of Texas, while Fidone played college golf at Southern Methodist University. Griffin fired a final-round, bogey-free 66 Friday to finish third and earn full Mackenzie Tour status for at least the first eight 2018 tournaments.
It was a good showing for Blue Devils in the Comox Valley. Not only did current Duke University player Jake Shuman win the tournament, Duke alum Brinson Paolini, a 2012 graduate, finished second, while Michael Schachner, a 2006 graduate, tied for 15th.
Fourteen out of the 27 amateurs who teed it up at Crown Isle finished within the top 42 to earn playing status (see chart below).
“We didn’t think about [the other players] much until the last two or three holes. We wanted to get one more, the whole back we were saying let’s put pressure on the course and keep having birdie putts. On the 17th tee we said ‘Let’s get two more.’ We didn’t do that, but we had an idea about where we were anyway.” – Jake Shuman
“I give a lot of credit to my caddie, Ben (Silverman). He kept me calm the whole time; I never got upset or wound up about any of it and kept plugging away and doing our thing. There’s a lesson in that. In college golf without caddies you’re caddying for yourself, and that’s a good lesson to learn going into our last two college tournaments.” – Jake Shuman
“If I could have picked anybody in the field (to play with), those were two of the guys I would have picked. It was as comfortable as it was going to bed. Brinson (Paolini) played at Duke, I met him at my first visit to Duke when I was a sophomore in high school, seven years ago, maybe. Graham (Hirschman) I played with a bunch in college and played with [Thursday]. We had a lot of fun, so seeing the pairing last night I knew it would be comfortable.” – Jake Shuman
“I’m obviously very stoked for Jake. He’s a Dookie. I recruited Jake when I was there, when he came on his official visit, so I’ve known him for a long time. It’s the first time we’ve ever played golf together. His game looks awesome. I’m really excited for him and the team going into Regionals and the NCAAs, so hopefully they can make a run.” – Brinson Paolini
“Eight (events) is plenty. If I can’t do something in eight events, then there’s no reason for me to be playing. It’s just going to be nice to have a place to play on the 13-event schedule. This is a huge step forward for me. The game felt good all week and hopefully I can make some noise this summer.” – Brinson Paolini
“I think the key was on 5, I made about a 20-footer for par. I laid up left because that water just freaks me out. It kicked left and went across the path. It was about a foot-and-a-half below my feet, in a divot. I thinned it a little bit, and it went into the back rough. At that point I’d accepted that I was going to make six. To roll that putt in was great. I was just trying to lag it up there, and if it went in it was a bonus.” – William Griffin
How the Qualifying Tournament Worked
There were 132 players competing this week, with 130 completing all 72 holes. Below is a breakdown of the various status available and who qualified for what.
Exempt for the 2018 season
2nd through 5th (no ties)
Fully exempt for the first eight tournaments and subject to the second re-shuffle
6th through 16th (no ties)
Fully exempt for the first four tournaments and subject to the first reshuffle
17th through 40th (plus ties)