Sheman Wins the 2018 Player of the Year Championship under tough conditions at Lookout Point


FONTHILL, ON -- The PGA of Canada - Ontario Zone's 2018 Tournament schedule is nearing an end and this week they were at Lookout Point Country Club for the Player of the Year Championship. The two-day championship is the final event of the Breenie Cup, a season-long player of the year point's race.
Monday saw players bring out the rain gear, toques, mitts and cart covers with cold and rainy conditions. Ron Janes, PGA of Canada Life member and member at Lookout Point came out to start the players off with a warm welcome and lots of stories.

David Sheman who started in the middle of the draw made 6 birdies on the day to lead the event at the end of day one at 3-under 69 followed by John Cochrane and Jake McNulty at 2-under 70.
"I played about as well as I could on Monday. I felt that if I stayed patient and maintained my focus for the whole round I would be in a good position. With the wind, rain, and the small, difficult greens, every hole had a chance for a big number. The Lookout Point greens were so small and undulating, it put a premium on good iron play. Fortunately, I was hitting my irons well and leaving myself in good positions for the most part, and was mostly able to scramble when I was I missed a green. Despite the challenges, I tried to stay aggressive and make some birdies when I had the chances as opposed to just settling for pars and bogeys." recalls Sheman.
On Tuesday the sun made an appearance but it was still quite cold and extremely windy. The lead group made up of David Sheman (69), John Cochrane (70), defending Champion of the 2018 Head Pro Championship of Canada which is set to take place in November and Jake McNulty (70) who was T2 at the PGA of Ontario Assistants Championship at Flamborough Hills in August. With all balls in the air, the show began.
At the scoring table, player after player said how challenging the course was and with a gallery of Lookout Point members watching the play on the 18th green from the dining room there were a lot of ooh's and aah's resounding through the room.
"Day two was even harder than day one. I was a little bit up and down with how I was playing all day, but I hoped that if I kept playing smart and avoided big numbers, that my play would come around a bit so I could make a few birdies. Fortunately, that is mostly what happened. It was so great to play with Jake and John; they are both great guys. We were all focused on doing our best to win, but were genuinely rooting for the others to hit good shots and play well. It was competitive but also fun and supportive, the way it should be. I felt like we all wanted to win, rather than for the other guy to lose" said David.
This is Sheman's first PGA of Ontario win and what tough course conditions to play through.
"My mental game was very good this week. I was very focused and determined, and laughed off mistakes and refocused quickly when I screwed up. I made some bad mistakes around the green late in the tournament. I got down in four from greenside on 15 and 17 but was able to shake it off each time, birdieing 16 and making a tough par on 18. I made it a bit harder on myself than I had to but was able to quickly refocus and hold on for the win. It was especially nice to win my first major especially since I was struggling to start the season. My girlfriend Heather is super supportive and has always encouraged me to keep practicing and trying when I am down on myself. There have been many times when I wanted to quit playing tournament golf but Heather and my family have helped me through that. I'm humbled to have won a tournament with so many great PGA of Ontario players in it, and am grateful to have so much love and support in my life said Sheman".
For full scores and results from the 2018 Player of the Year Championship CLICK HERE
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