Former Thomas Haney Thunder golfer Justin Shin became the first Canadian to win on the PGA Tour China circuit, firing a final round three-under 69 to capture the United Investment Real Estate WuHan Open.
Shin finished the tournament at 12-under par, three shots ahead of fellow Canadian Eugene Wong of North Vancouver.
The win nets the 25-year-old Shin a cheque for $40,000 and moved him to third place overall in the PGA Tour China points standings. The top five players on the PGA China Tour automatically earn a spot on the Web.com Tour in the U.S. The top 25 players at the end of the Web.com Tour then earn their card on the PGA tour.
Shin was a member of the junior and senior golf teams at Thomas Haney until he graduated in 2009. He was a member of the school’s senior team that won the Senior Fraser Valley AAA championship in 2006/07 and 2008/09.
“Justin’s achievement is a testament to his hard work and effort,’ said Phillip Crawford, coach of the Thomas Haney Thunder golf team. “He was a solid all round player that went out and played his best all the time.”
Shin moved onto the NCAA and played at New Mexico State University before turning pro. He played on a conditional status last year on the Web.com Tour, competing in seven tournaments and making the cut in four. His top finish was a tie for 21st at the Stonebrae Classic in Hayward, CA.
He made the cut in three of his four appearances on the PGA Tour Canada
Earlier this year won a qualifying tournament to gain his membership on the PGA China Tour.
Shin will look to keep his strong game going forward as he tees up in this week’s Lanhai Open near Shanghai.