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Schmid Beats Rainaud In 9-Hole Playoff, Wins Event No. 4 of PGA Tournament Series
Author: Craig Dolche, Special to PGA of America
December 11th 2015 - PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.—As darkness was setting in on PGA Golf Club, Jeffrey Schmid parred the ninth playoff hole Friday to beat Adam Rainaud and win Event No. 4 of the PGA Tournament Series.

In what's believed to be the longest playoff in Series' history, Schmid hit a pitching wedge from 124 yards to 8 feet and two-putted for par after Rainaud's approach hit the edge of the green but trickled into the hazard. Both players had shot 68s to finish at 8-under 136.

"That was a lot of fun," said Schmid, a teaching pro at Gustin Golf Club in Columbia, Mo. "I've been working on staying in the moment and trying to dig it out as much as I could. I think I showed some grit."

Amazingly, this wasn't Schmid's first nine-hole playoff. He said he beat Gary Rusnak in another nine-hole extra session about 15 years ago when Rusnak hit his approach to 2 feet and Schmid holed his shot.

Friday's playoff had plenty of turns, beginning when Schmid bogeyed the 18th hole of the Wanamaker Course to force the extra session. Rainaud appeared to be in control on the second playoff hole when he was just off the par-5 green in two and Schmid faced a difficult shot over a bunker.

But Schmid hit a nice approach and drained the 20-foot birdie putt to keep the playoff going.

"That's where he won it," said Rainaud, a PGA Assistant Professional at Black Hall Club in Old Lime, Ct. "The odds were in my favor, but he had a really good up-and-down."

Rainaud, who played in his first PGA Championship this year, won the PGA Match Play Championship this spring. He has had three runner-up finishes in the PGA Tournament Series.

Four players tied for third place, a shot back: Peter Ballo (68) of Jupiter. Matt Dobyns (67) of Lake Success, N.Y., Jeff Sorenson (68) of Blaine, Minn., and Jeff Seltzer (70) of Grand Rapids, Mich.

The PGA Tournament Series is presented by Golf Advisor.

Friday's final-round scores from Event No. 4 of the PGA Tournament Series on the par-72 Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.:

1Jeffrey Schmid, Columbia, Mo.68-68-136$5,000.00
2Adam Rainaud, South Hadley, Mass.68-68-136$3,500.00
T3Peter Ballo, Jupiter, Fla.69-68-137$2,218.75
T3Matt Dobyns, Lake Success, N.Y.70-67-137$2,218.75
T3Jeff Sorenson, Blaine, Minn.69-68-137$2,218.75
T3John Seltzer, Grand Rapids, Mich.67-70-137$2,218.75
T7Ben Engle, Indianapolis, Ind.71-67-138$1,375.00
T7Anthony Aruta, Staten Island, N.Y.67-71-138$1,375.00
9Dwayne Randall, Clymer, N.Y.67-72-139$1,170.00
10Rick Schuller, Chester, Va.71-69-140$1,050.00
T11Kirk Hanefeld, Acton, Mass.73-68-141$819.28
T11Kent St. Charles, Mount Vernon, N.Y.73-68-141$819.28
T11Tim Puetz, West Palm Beach, Fla.71-70-141$819.28
T11Ed Kirby, Wakefield, R.I.71-70-141$819.28
T11Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio71-70-141$819.28
T11Derek Sanders, Destrehan, La.70-71-141$819.28
T11Scott Berliner, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.66-75-141$819.28
T18Yong Joo, Bristow, Va.73-69-142$617.50
T18John Guyton, Rockville Centre, N.Y.72-70-142$617.50
T18Jim Schuman, Scottsdale, Ariz.71-71-142$617.50
T18Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md.69-73-142$617.50
T22Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas73-70-143$487.14
T22Jim Troy, Portage, Mich.73-70-143$487.14
T22Andrew Shiflet, Asheboro, N.C.72-71-143$487.14
T22Mark Mielke, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.72-71-143$487.14
T22Ari Papadopoulos, Struthers, Ohio71-72-143$487.14
T22Mike Furey, Summit Hill, Pa.70-73-143$487.14
T22Blake Brookman, Seaford, Va.69-74-143$487.14
T29Brian Norman, The Colony, Texas74-70-144$263.33
T29Shaun Powers, Jupiter, Fla.70-74-144$263.33
T29Michael Meisenzahl, Medford, N.J.67-77-144$263.33
T32Ryan Kalista, Greenwich, Conn.74-71-145
T32Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla.76-69-14
T32Michael Sweeney, Floral Park, N.Y.71-74-145
T32John Connelly, Maumee, Ohio71-74-145
T32Brett Melton, Washington, Ind.71-74-145
T32Kyle Voska, Denver, Colo.70-75-145
T32Adam Kolloff, Hoboken, N.J.70-75-145
T39Charles Meola, Mamaroneck, N.Y.74-72-146
T39Steve Parker, Houston, Texas73-73-146
T39Mark Summerville, Jupiter, Fla.73-73-146
T39Wyatt Worthington, Reynoldsburg, Ohio74-72-146
T39Jeff Wells, Redondo Beach, Calif.73-73-146
T39James Giampaolo, Torrington, Conn.70-76-146
T45Mike Vance, Jackson, Tenn.73-74-147
T45Shawn Warren, Cape Elizabeth, Maine75-72-147
T45Dakun Chang, Long Grove, Ill.72-75-147
T45Mark Brown, Glen Head, N.Y.77-70-147
T45Daniel Urban, Howell, Mich.68-79-147
T50Eric Smith, Plano, Texas75-73-148
T50Carl Cooper, Humble, Texas72-76-148
T50Corey McAlarney, Forest City, Pa.73-75-148
T50Danny Kish, Melbourne, Fla.75-73-148
T50Daniel Augustine, Castle Pines, Colo.71-77-148
T50Frank Dully, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.68-80-148
T56Mark Anderson, St. Simons Island, Ga.74-75-149
T56Gregory McClimans, Clearwater, Fla.74-75-149
T56Pete Catanzaro, Stamford, Conn.74-75-149
T56Adam Larkin, North Bellmore, N.Y.74-75-149
T56Kyle Higgins, Massapequa, N.Y.71-78-149
T56Chip Johnson, Hingham, Mass.78-71-149
T62Danny Lewis, Morrow, Ohio73-77-150
T62Rich Berberian, Derry, N.H.75-75-150
T62Nick Frontero, Oviedo, Fla.77-73-150
T62Rob Corcoran, Melbourne, Fla.78-72-150
T66Brandon Myers, Danube, Minn.76-75-151
T66Richard Kelly, Oceanside, N.Y.77-74-151
T66Sam Kang, Florham Park, N.J.79-72-151
T66Matthew Sheperd, Nantucket, Mass.80-71-151
T70Matt Arvanitis, Hooksett, N.H.75-77-152
T70Mike Argentine, Yonkers, N.Y.76-76-152
T70Peter Kampmann, Riverside, Conn.76-76-152
T70Eric Wohlfield, Brighton, Mich.71-81-152
T74Bill Harvey, Albuquerque, N.M.74-79-153
T74Mike Larkin, Harrison, N.Y.74-79-153
T74Patrick McCarthy, Huntington, N.Y.75-78-153
T74Fred Blumenstock, Boonton, N.J.75-78-153
T74Jason Martin, Wheeling, W. Va.78-75-153
T74Tim Katanski, Ann Arbor, Mich.78-75-153
T74Scott Schulte, Harrison Township, Mich.79-74-153
T74Kirk Stauffer, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.80-73-153
T82Michael Adkins, West Palm Beach, Fla.75-80-155
T82Matthew McAdow, Woodmere, N.Y.77-78-155
T84Joshua Fritz, Port St. Lucie, Fla.77-80-157
T84Mark Faulkner, Marion, Ill.81-76-157
T86Kyle Bilodeau, West Hartford, Conn.79-79-158
T86Mike Demakos, Port St. Lucie, Fla.81-77-158
T88Austin Rentz, Myakka City, Fla.76-83-159
T88Austin Gaugert, Lake Geneva, Wis.79-80-159
T90Brian Herring, Boca Raton, Fla.77-83-160
T90Ryan McClintock, Bettendorf, Iowa84-76-160
92Tony Emma, Las Vegas, Nev.84-78-162
93Nick Miller, Williston Park, N.Y.82-81-163
94Matthew Hurd, Manhasset, N.Y.85-80-165
95Justin Roberto, Williamsburg, Va.88-82-170
96Tyler Lower, Norwalk, Conn.86-85-171