IOWA CITY, Iowa – For the second straight year, a former University of Iowa men’s golfer has qualified for the PGA Championship.
Jeff Schmid qualified for the 101st PGA Championship by virtue of his eighth place finish Wednesday at the PGA Professional Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Schmid carded a bogey-free 67, sinking five birdies, in Wednesday’s final round to finish in a six-way tie for eighth place. Schmid steadily climbed the leaderboard each day of the 72-hole tournament, vaulting 101 spots after finishing round one tied for 109th.
Schmid’s performance earned the former Hawkeye a berth to the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, May 16-19. Former Hawkeye Sean McCarty qualified for last year’s championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.
Schmid was a team captain and four-year letterwinner with the Hawkeyes (1987-90). Schmid earned All-Big Ten honors in 1989 and Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 1990. He received medalist honors at six tournaments during his Hawkeye career including the Gopher-Hazeltine Invitational in the fall of 1988, the Purdue Invitational twice in 1988 and 1989, the Spartan Invitational in 1989, and the Drake Relays Invitational in 1989.
Schmid returned to Iowa City in 2016, serving as an assistant coach for two seasons. He helped guide the Hawkeyes to an NCAA Regional appearance in 2017, and helped mentor Iowa to three top-three finishes, including a third place finish at the Big Ten Championships in 2018.
Schmid is married to Iowa head women’s tennis coach, Sasha Schmid.