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Missouri pro leads PGA Asistants Championship

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Playing on the course where he won the biggest check of his career, Jeff Schmid shot a 6-under 66 Friday to take a four-stroke lead through two rounds of the PGA Assistant Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Schmid, an assistant pro at Perche Creek Golf Club in Columbia, Mo., is at 10-under-par 134 on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course.

First-round leader Trent Rommann of Wichita, Kan., is tied for second with Brett Carman of Claysville, Pa.; Adam Gary of Bowling Green, Ky.; and Chris Trout of Fort Myers, Fla.

Schmid, who won the Golden Bear Tour's 2002 GBT Classic on the Wanamaker Course, had eight birdies, an eagle, two bogeys and a double bogey.

''I've played a lot of golf out here and actually had the biggest check of my career on this golf course playing on the Golden Bear Tour,'' Schmid said. ''I know this is a place where I can make some birdies and feel confident that I can play well.''

Carman, a PGA apprentice at Dogwood Hills Golf Course, shot 68, including 31 on the front nine.

Ashley Grier of Hagerstown, Md., the first female player in the event since 2011, shot 73 and was tied for 23rd at even par. She is playing the course at 5,941 yards, while the men's yardage is 6,971.

Jim Troy of Elyria, Ohio, holed a 5-iron from 213 yards for a double eagle on the par-5 seventh. He was tied for sixth at 5 under after a 69.