Schmid Leads Iowa Senior PGA Professional Championship After Day 1
ANKENY, IA – August 19, 2020 – Jeff Schmid of Iowa City, Iowa leads the Iowa Senior PGA Professional Championship on August 19, 2020 at Briarwood Golf Club. Schmid fired a round of 32-33=65 for a 7-under-par total after one round. Final round will be completed on August 20, 2020 and first tee times start at 8am tomorrow.
The National Championship, supported by Golf Channel and John Deere, will be held at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Chad Proehl of Urbandale, Iowa is in second place with a round of 33-33=66 for 6-under-par.
The Super Senior Division is led by Gale Gilbert of Ankeny, Iowa with a round of 35-38=73 for a total of 1-over-par. Curt Schnell (39-35=74) of Spirit Lake, Iowa and Jeff Smith (35-39=74) of Oskaloosa, Iowa are tied for second place.
The Senior PGA Professional Championship brings together a field of 264 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections and features a total purse of $300,000. The first two rounds will be conducted on the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses. The first cut will be made after 36 holes of play to the low 90 scorers and ties. The second cut will be made after 54 holes of play to the low 70 scorers and ties. The final two rounds will be played on the Wanamaker Course.
PGA Golf Club — the PGA of America’s premier 54-hole facility — hosts multiple PGA Member championships annually, such as the PGA Works Collegiate Championship, PGA Jones Cup, National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship, Senior PGA Professional Championship (biennially, in even years) and the PGA's Tournament Series and Winter Championships.
PGA Golf Club is home to three highly-decorated courses designed by renowned architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye.
The Wanamaker Course ranked 18th in Golfweek’s “2018 Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play” rankings, while the Dye Course rose to 22nd – making PGA Golf Club one of only a handful of properties with two layouts on the respected list.
The Ryder Course reopened in 2017 to rave reviews, following a renovation project that enhanced the greens and surrounding areas.
Begun in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional Championship, with a field of 50-and-older senior PGA Professionals who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from June through August this year.
The top 35 finishers in the national Championship earn a berth in the 82nd KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which will be conducted in May 27-30, 2021, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2021 PGA Tour Champions National Finals in November 2021. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a PGA Tour Champions career.
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