Ben Engle wins playoff to claim fifth event of PGA Tournament Series

Ben Engle
The PGA of America
Ben Engle started the day four shots behind Rod Perry, but charged into contention with a 31 on the front nine and shot 67 to force the playoff.
By
Craig Dolch
The PGA of America

Series: PGA

Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | 6:12 p.m.
 
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2015) – Ben Engle birdied the third playoff hole Tuesday to defeat Rod Perry and win Event No. 5 of the PGA Tournament Series at PGA Golf Club.
 
Engle started the day four shots behind Perry, but charged into contention with a 31 on the front nine and shot 67. When he and Perry bogeyed No. 18, they headed to the playoff after finishing at 8-under 136.
 
Engle hit a 6-iron to 6 feet on the 195-yard third hole at the Dye Course. Perry actually hit his approach inside of Engle's, but Engle rammed his putt in and Perry's lipped out.
 
"I had hit a 7-iron on the hole downwind during the round, but I knew I couldn't get the 7-iron there in the playoff," said Engle, who works at the Woodstock Club in Indianapolis. "I was already thinking about what shot I was going to hit on the fourth hole because I thought Rod was going to make it."
 
Perry, a two-time PGA Professional Player of the Year from Port Orange, Fla., opened with a 65, but he settled for a 71 Tuesday after three late bogeys. He was unlucky when he hit his second shot at the par-5 17th into a bush and made bogey after taking an unplayable.
 
"I missed putts on 17, 18, 1 and 3," Perry said. "I don’t care how close you hit it, you still has to make the putts. But I would have taken getting into a playoff at the start of the tournament."
 
Brian Norman of The Colony, Texas shot a 68 to finish tied for third with Adam Koloff (70), Frank Bensel (69), Jim Troy (69), Mark Mielke (71) and Rich Berberian (70).
 
Matt Dobyns, who clinched OMEGA PGA Professional Player of the Year honors with a victory in Event No. 2, remains the Series’ money leader at $9,840 with one tournament left. Jeffrey Schmid is second at $6,713.
 
The PGA Tournament Series is sponsored by Golf Advisor.
 
Tuesday's final-round scores from Event No. 5 of the PGA Tournament Series on the par-72 Dye Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.:
1 Ben Engle, Indianapolis, Ind. 69-67--136 $5,000.00
2 Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla. 65-71--136 $3,740.00
T3 Brian Norman, The Colony, Texas 71-68--139 $1,605.00
T3 Adam Kolloff, Hoboken, N.J. 69-70--139 $1,605.00
T3 Frank Bensel, Jupiter, Fla. 70-69--139 $1,605.00
T3 Jim Troy, Portage, Mich. 70-69--139 $1,605.00
T3 Mark Mielke, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 68-71--139 $1,605.00
T3 Rich Berberian, Derry, N.H. 69-70--139 $1,605.00
T9 Ryan Kalista, Greenwich, Conn. 72-68--140 $1,000.00
T9 James Giampaolo, Torrington, Conn. 70-70--140 $1,000.00
T9 Troy Pare, Seekonk, Mass. 70-70--140 $1,000.00
T12 Jonathan Mansfield, Clearwater, Fla. 73-68--141 $817.00
T12 Jabir Bilal, New Orleans, La. 72-69--141 $817.00
T12 Shawn Warren, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 72-69--141 $817.00
T12 Scott Berliner, Queensbury, N.Y. 71-70--141 $817.00
T12 Matthew Sheperd, Nantucket, Mass. 69-72--141 $817.00
T17 Charles Meola, Mamaroneck, N.Y. 73-69--142 $669.00
T17 JC Anderson, O'Fallon, Mo. 72-70--142 $669.00
T17 Mike Vance, Jackson, Tenn. 72-70--142 $669.00
T17 Matt Noel, Huntington, N.Y. 71-71--142 $669.00
T17 Ed Kirby, Wakefield, R.I. 70-72--142 $669.00
T22 Jeff Wells, Redondo Beach, Calif. 72-71--143 $368.75
T22 Jeffrey Schmid, Columbia, Mo. 72-71--143 $368.75
T22 Daniel Urban, Howell, Mich. 72-71--143 $368.75
T22 Gregg Richbourg, Orlando, Fla. 71-72--143 $368.75
T22 John Guyton, Rockville Centre, N.Y. 71-72--143 $368.75
T22 Yong Joo, Bristow, Va. 71-72--143 $368.75
T22 Bob Sowards, Dublin, Ohio 71-72--143 $368.75
T22 Danny Lewis, Morrow, Ohio 70-73--143 $368.75
T30 Shaun Powers, Greenwich, Conn. 74-70--144 
T30 Wyatt Worthington, Reynoldsburg, Ohio 73-71--144 
T30 Rick Schuller, Chester, Va. 73-71--144 
T33 Mike Furey, Summit Hill, Pa. 72-73--145 
T33 Ari Papadopoulos, Steamboat, Colo. 72-73--145 
T33 Chip Johnson, Hingham, Mass. 71-74--145 
T33 Derek Sanders, Destrehan, La. 70-75--145 
T37 Daniel Augustine, Castle Pines, Colo. 76-70--146 
T37 Jeff Sorenson, Blaine, Minn. 75-71--146 
T37 Justin McCarraher, Fort Myers, Fla. 74-72--146 
T37 Kirk Oguri, Mineola, N.Y. 74-72--146 
T37 Gregory McClimans, Clearwater, Fla. 74-72--146 
T37 Matt Sita, Glen Cove, N.Y. 73-73--146 
T37 Kenneth Leech, Boca Raton, Fla. 73-73--146 
T37 Michael Meisenzahl, Medford, N.J. 71-75--146 
T37 Michael Sweeney, Floral Park, N.Y. 72-74--146 
T46 Joshua Rackley, Jupiter, Fla. 76-71--147 
T46 Kyle Higgins, Massapequa, N.Y. 76-71--147 
T46 Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md. 75-72--147 
T46 Brandon Myers, Danube, Minn. 74-73--147 
T46 Danny Kish, Melbourne, Fla. 74-73--147 
T46 Andrew Shiflet, Asheboro, N.C. 74-73--147 
T46 Brett Melton, Washington, Ind. 73-74--147 
T53 Robert McMillan, Colleyville, Texas 78-70--148 
T53 Gavin Vegas, Covington, La. 76-72--148 
T53 Matthew McAdow, Woodmere, N.Y. 77-71--148 
T53 Gregory Pieczynski, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 76-72--148 
T53 Adam Decker, Mechanicsville, Va. 75-73--148 
T53 Tim Puetz, West Palm Beach, Fla. 75-73--148 
T53 Mike Larkin, Harrison, N.Y. 72-76--148 
T53 Steve Parker, Houston, Texas 72-76--148 
T53 Ryan McClintock, Bettendorf, Iowa 72-76--148 
T53 Austin Gaugert, Lake Geneva, Wis. 72-76--148 
T63 Scott Schulte, Harrison Township, Mich. 77-72--149 
T63 Ted Kimmel, Greenwich, Conn. 78-71--149 
T63 Dwayne Randall, Clymer, N.Y. 75-74--149 
T63 Pete Catanzaro, Stamford, Conn. 73-76--149 
T63 Carl Cooper, Humble, Texas 70-79--149 
T68 Shane Kowal, Woodstock, Ga. 75-75--150 
T68 Tim Katanski, Ann Arbor, Mich. 73-77--150 
T70 Rafael Floriani, Port St. Lucie, Fla. 76-75--151 
T70 Brent Foockle, Cape Coral, Fla. 74-77--151 
T70 Mark Faulkner, Marion, Ill. 73-78--151 
73 Frank Dully, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 74-78--152 
74 Dakun Chang, Long Grove, Ill. 79-74--153 
T75 Marc Issler, Jupiter, Fla. 76-78--154 
T75 Tyler Lower, Norwalk, Conn. 76-78--154 
77 Joshua Fritz, Port St. Lucie, Fla. 77-78--155 
T78 Michael Adkins, West Palm Beach, Fla. 79-78--157 
T78 Kyle Jorden, Juno Beach, Fla. 76-81--157 
T80 Eric Smith, Plano, Texas 81-77--158 
T80 Alexander Kowalski, Wilmington, N.C. 77-81--158 
82 Jeff Herb, Lake Worth, Fla. 76-83--159 
83 Mike Argentine, Yonkers, N.Y. 79-82--161 
84 G. Sean Schley, Blacklick, Ohio 88-86--174