Appropriately timed on November 11 to coincide with Veterans Day and the opening of the Masters Tournament on the other side of the state of Georgia, an Army staff sergeant at Fort Benning signed to enroll at Christian Brothers University and join the Buccaneer golf team next fall.
Jonathan Shuskey has served in the U.S. Army since 2001, and is eligible to retire next summer after five deployments that include four tours in Afghanistan and one in the Philippines. Also during his service, he’s been a member of the All-Army golf team and was featured in an August 2020 article in Golfweek entitled “Army staff sergeant, 38, aspires to college golf career following 20 years in military.”
The article (and his plus-3 handicap) led to the North Carolina native to being approached by numerous college golf coaches from all across the country. His decision and signing on Veterans Day also led to quite a bit of media attention for the future Buc, a few of which we provide links to below.
In the interview with WRBL News 3 in Columbus, GA, Shuskey says he chose CBU because “I’m not just making the decision for myself. I have a wife and four kids, and they are coming along for the ride too. And so, that was the other part of Christian Brothers that, when I talked to Coach Brice, and he really just seemed to like that idea of us making that move and making that commitment as a family and made me feel really comfortable with that decision.”
“Coach Bryce at Christian Brothers, he’s actually an Auburn guy,” Shuskey said to WLTZ in Columbus. “He’s been here in the area. He graduated from Auburn. He’s going to be a really good fit for me. Someone who’s never really had a coach, or instruction, or anything like that. I’ve kind of taught myself.”
The Shuskey family will be moving to Memphis next summer.DAILY MEMPHIAN ARTICLE BY GEOFF CALKINS WBRL News 3 (Columbus, GA) FULL REPORT WLTZ First News (Columbus, GA) FULL REPORT Local 24 (Memphis) FULL REPORT