Timothy Wiseman of Old Capital Golf Club fired a first round score at the Indiana PGA Assistant Championship at Pine Valley Country Club of 1-under-par, 69 to be two strokes off Craig Isabel’s 3-under-par, 67, the leader at the time. Being behind the leader, however, was short-lived for Wiseman.
Despite an early bogey on the par-4, 1st
, Wiseman was able to catch ahold of the lead after a bogey by Isabel on the par-5, 4th
, where Wiseman made a birdie. Wiseman’s bogey on the 1st
was his only the remainder of the final round.
“In the first round I wasn’t hitting it very close, and I was just kind of making boring pars, but it was still effective golf,” Wiseman said. “Today, in the final round, I was driving the ball pretty well, starting to hit it closer to the hole, and was able to get some putts to fall.”
After the 4th
, Wiseman was able to stay in the lead for the remainder of the final round. Despite Eric Steger making a tremendous run at the end of the final round by birdying four out of his last five holes, it wasn’t enough to catch the leader. Wiseman fired a final round of 5-under-par, 65 to finish at 6-under-par for the tournament and defeat Steger by two shots, who finished at 4-under-par for the tournament.
“My dad being on my bag was definitely a huge asset this week,” Wiseman said. “He made a couple of decisions yesterday where I switched clubs because of what he was saying, and it worked in my favor.”
Wiseman’s win secured him a spot at the PGA Assistant National Championship at PGA Golf Club, Wanamaker Course, in Port St. Lucie, Florida on November 11-14. Runner-up Steger and Wyatt Larkin, who finished at 1-under-par for the tournament, also qualified and will be joining Wiseman at the National Championship. The three alternates are Craig Isabel, Vince Drahman, and Adam Lockwood.
“It was one of my big goals going into the season to qualify again, so this win is definitely pretty sweet,” Wiseman said. “Being able to go back down to Florida kind of extends my schedule throughout the year a little bit, so it’s exciting to be able to get the tournament back on my schedule.”
Last year at the National tournament Wiseman finished fifth, one spot away from being exempt, so he hopes to be able to beat that position this year. Next for Wiseman is a Stoke Play tournament at the Country Club of Indianapolis and then Q School.