COURTENAY, British Columbia, Canada – Senior Jake Shuman captured the tournament crown at the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada Qualifying Tournament at Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community on Friday, earning full exemption status for the 2018 season.
Not only was it one of Shuman’s best tournaments in his career—signing for an 18-under 270 through 72 holes—it had an extra bit of Duke-feel to it, as the Needham, Mass. local had Blue Devil teammate Ben Silverman caddy for him the entire event.
“It was an incredible week having Ben [Silverman] with me for every shot,” Shuman said. “He deserves so much credit for keeping me calm and focused for all 72 holes. We just went out there and had a good time. After spending four years together, this is an incredible way to close our four years.”
Additionally, Shuman’s first-place finish was a result of a battle down the stretch between Duke alum Brinson Paolini who ultimately finished second.
Also finishing among the top 20 was Duke alum Michael Schachner, who ended with a T-15 result.
Shuman, Paolini and Schachner will all join Class of 2016 Blue Devils Max Greyserman and Alex Matlari on the PGA Tour Canada as a result of this week’s performances.
Shooting his best golf on the second day, Shuman tallied nine birdies and a lone double en route to carding a seven-under 65.
Building off that early momentum, Shuman proceeded to dominate the remainder of the event, finishing the week under-par for all four rounds. He rounded out his effort with a four-under 68 that featured six birdies—three on the front and three on the back.
With the victory, Shuman became the second amateur to medal at Q-School in 2018, joining Dawson Armstrong of Lipscomb University who earned the honors back in March at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.
The victory could not have come at a better time for Shuman, who will be looking to lead his Duke team to a NCAA Regional title come mid-May in Raleigh, N.C.
“Winning is great, it's been a while since that last happened,” admitted Shuman. “This is a big confidence boost for me heading into regionals. I'm fired up to get back to Durham and prepare for regionals with the guys. There is still a lot to be done this year.”