Tech seniors join their coach, Bruce Heppler, for 2015 event
Tech All-American was a finalist for national player of the year award in 2014
Ollie Schniderjans reflects on his first career PGA event
Ollie Schnierderjans is balancing his collegiate career, while preparing to go pro after graduation
Tech All-American was a finalist for national player of the year award in 2014
The Georgia Tech Golf team opens its 2012 spring semester at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawai'i next week. Here is an interview with head coach Bruce Heppler and freshman Ollie Schniederjans.
Ascended to No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings in June of 2014 and held that position through the summer and fall ... On the 2015 watch lists for the Ben Hogan Award and the Haskins Award ... Named to the Global Golf Post All-Amateur team for 2014 ... The reigning ACC Player of the Year and defending ACC champion who was a finalist last spring for both the Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus Awards ... Two-time All-American and two-time All-ACC selection ... In 52 career events, has 25 top-10 finishes, including 16 top-5s and six wins ... Career scoring average of 70.89, challenging Tech record of 70.69 set by Bryce Molder ... Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll four times, and to the ACC All-Academic Golf team twice ... Came to Tech as one of the nation's top junior players, graduated early from Harrison High School and entered Tech in January of 2011 (sat out the spring season).
Named recipient of the Mark H McCormack Medal in August, 2014 as the world's No. 1-ranked amateur player for the 2013-14 year ... With it comes exemptions into the 2015 U.S. Open and the Open Championship as long as he remains an amateur ... Also played the 2015 Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour on an exemption for winning the Valspar Invitational at Floridian last spring ... Named Georgia Tech's outstanding male student-athlete across all sports for 2013-14 and the recipient of the Bobby Dodd Scholarship signifying that.
2014-15: - Tournament Results
Missed one spring event when he played in the PGA Tour Valspar Invitational, and played poorly in Tech's first event after that (T63 at the Valspar Collegiate), but otherwise has enjoyed a tremendous spring with a T11 at Puerto Rico and top-10 finishes in Tech's two events leading into the ACC Championship (T6 at Mason Rudolph, T3 at Robert Kepler) ... Scoring average is a team-best 70.00 over 27 rounds, with seven top-10 finishes in nine events overall ... Ranked No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index and No. 14 in Golfstat ... Picked up where he left off last spring and summer by capturing a 2-stroke victory at the Carpet Capital Collegiate to open the fall season ... 12-under 204 total included a second-round 64, which included a hole-in-one ... Finished solo third at the DICK'S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup, shooting 67-67 in his final two rounds, and won a 3 & 2 decision over Vanderbilt's Hunter Stewart in the Conference Challenge portion of the event ... Tied for second at the Jerry Pate National Collegiate, and tied for sixth at the U.S. Collegiate Championship ... Tied for second again at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational where he shot a career-best 199 to finish 17 strokes under par.
2014 Summer Highlights: Won the Mark H McCormack Medal after finishing the summer as the world's No. 1-ranked amateur player ... Received an exemption to the Air Capital Classic on the Web.com Tour and tied for 5th place (-13) ... Went 3-1, best record among the 20 competitors, in the Palmer Cup at Walton Heath in England ... Tied for 33rd in a British Open qualifier at Sunningdale, England ... Received an exemption to the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen and tied for 41st (-1) ... Tied for 24th in stroke play (-1) at the U.S. Amateur and reached the round of 16, defeating Matt Teesdale of Temple in the first round and Sam Burns of Shreveport, La., in the second round ... Lost to Gunn yang of San Diego State in the round of 16.
2013-14: - Tournament Results
First-team All-American by both the GCAA and Golfweek magazine, and to the All-Nicklaus team by the GCAA ... Also named an All-America Scholar by the GCAA ... Voted ACC Player of the Year and made the All-ACC team for the second time ... Named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for golf and made the ACC All-Academic team for the second time ... Named to the U.S. team for the Palmer Cup matches in June, and was one of three finalists for the Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus Awards ... Runner-up after a three-hole playoff for the NCAA individual championship after tying Stanford's Cameron Wilson over 54 holes (210, -6) ... Highest ranked player in the ACC (No. 4 in Golfstat and No. 3 in Golfweek/Sagarin) ... Is 61-20-4 vs. top 25 players according to the Sagarin ratings, 123-35-4 vs. the top 50 ... Won three tournaments outright (USCC, Valspar, ACC Championship) this year, shared medalist honors (Carpet Capital, Robert Kepler) in two others ... First Tech player ever to win five tournaments in one year (previous best was four by David Duval in 1992-93, Stewart Cink in 1994-95 and Troy Matteson in 2001-02 ... Had three other top-5 finishes (Tar Heel Intercollegiate, Brickyard Collegiate, NCAA Raleigh Regional) and one other top-10 (Puerto Rico Classic) ... Shot 12-under-par 201 (three 67s) to set a career best 54-hole score at the Valspar, which also earned him an exemption into the 2015 PGA Tour Valspar Invitational ... Named ACC Golfer of the Month and Southern Golf Association National Amateur of the Month for April ... Finished under par in every event except the SHC Masters (+6), and 29 of his 39 rounds were under par ... Went 10-under-par 206 to win the USCC ... Finished 12th or higher in every event except the Amer Ari Invitational (T30) ... Has finished T15, T8 and 2nd in his NCAA regional starts, as well as T8 and 2nd in NCAA Championship stroke play ... Stroke average was an ACC-leading 69.51 in 36 rounds, second-best in Tech history... Broke Bryce Molder's mark of subpar rounds with 29 ... His 71.11 career mark over 107 rounds also ranks No. 2 ... Tabbed to play in the Master of the Amateurs event at Royal Melbourne in Australia the first week of January, 2014.
2013 Summer Highlights: One of three Tech players to qualify for the U.S. Amateur from the Capital City Club Crabapple, finishing second ... Did not advance to match play ... Runner-up at The Dogwood Invitational (-21) ... T3 at U.S. Amateur qualifier (-2) at Capital City Club-Crabapple ... 4th at the Southern Amateur (-11), one shot out of a playoff ... 8th at Northeast Amateur (E) ... T10 at the Players Amateur (-4) ... T27 at Sunnehanna Amataur.
2012-13: - Tournament Results
Third-team All-American by the GCAA and Golfweek magazine ... All-ACC selection for the first time ... Earned automatic GCAA All-America recognition with his T8 finish in the NCAA Championship stroke play ... Finished spring No. 15 in the Golfstat Cup rankings and was rated 29th nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index ... Lifted Tech to victory over UNLV in the NCAA Match Play quarterfinals with a 19-hole victory over Kevin Penner ... Second on the team and fifth in the ACC with a 71.3 stroke average in 35 rounds ... Played his last six rounds of the spring, and eight of the last nine, under par ... Nine top-20 finishes this year (14 for his career), team-high six top-10s ... T2 at Puerto Rico Classic is his best of the year ... T10 at ACC Championship (213), was T2 after 36 holes but shot closing 77 ... T10, T16, T10, T19 and T8 at Tech's last four events (Linger Longer, Gary Koch, ACC, NCAA regional, NCAA finals) with 378-54 head-to-head record and cumulative -13 score ... T5 (-1) at the Patriot All-American Invitational in late December.
2012 Summer Highlights: Won U.S. Amateur qualifier at Piedmont Driving Club (-10) ... Tied for 25th in U.S. Amateur stroke play (74-67), then lost to Adam Schenck of Vincennes, Ind., 2&1, in the first round ... Tied for 6th at the Dogwood Invitational ... T9 at the Southern Amateur after holding 1st round lead ... T38 at the Northeast Amateur ... T41 at the Players Amateur ... T47 at the Sunnehanna Amateur.
2011-12: - Tournament Results
Played in 11 events, eight as a counting member of the squad ... Five top-20 finishes, including a T6 at the fall Brickyard Collegiate and a T7 at the ACC Championship, his highest finishes of the year ... Stroke average of 72.8 was sixth on the team (72.2 in 21 spring rounds) ... Ranked 130th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index, No. 177 in the Golfstat Cup ... T15 on his first NCAA regional event (3-over 219) ... Finished the fall with a 73.7 stroke average over 12 rounds ... Posted the team's second best score in the Carpet Capital Collegiate at 2-under-par ... Finished 6th in the Brickyard Collegiate while shooting 2-under par as Tech placed 1st.
2011 Summer Highlights: Tied for 4th at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Ball Ground, Ga. (won playoff for 2nd alternate) ... Tied for 11th at the Sunnehanna Amateur in Johnstown, Pa. (278, -2) ... Tied for 17th at the Canadian Amateur in Winnepeg, Manitoba ... (285, +1) ... Tied for 20th at the Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta (280, -8) ... Tied for 22nd at Southern Amateur in Tampa, Fla. (285, +1) ... 54th at the Northeast Amateur (287, +11).
Amateur Golf: Won the 2009 Jones Cup Invitational ... Tied for 10th at the 2010 Dogwood Invitational ... T-10 at the 2011 Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples, Fla.
Junior Golf: A 2010 first-team All-American by the American Junior Golf Association and ranked No. 4 in the nation by both the Junior Golf Scoreboard and Golfweek/Sagarin Index at the time of his enrollment at Tech ... Ranked as high as third nationally ... Posted 14 top-10 finishes in junior events over the last two calendar years before his arrival at Tech ... Among those performances was a third-place finish at the 2010 Junior PGA Championship, fourth at the 2010 AJGA Polo Junior Classic, and eighth at the AJGA Junior Players Championship ... Since 2005, he logged 42 top-10 finishes in the events in which he has participated and won five times.
High School: Graduated in the fall of 2010 from Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga., where he was teammate of former Tech golfer James White ... Three-year letterwinner in golf, served as team captain as a senior ... Led Harrison to a share of the 2010 AAAAA state championship, and along the way defeated Etowah and teammates Anders Albertson by 17 strokes to win the region 5-AAAAA title ... Also won the state title in 2008.
Personal: Full name is Ollie Frank Schniederjans ... Born June 15, 1993, in Dallas, Texas ... Son of Oliver and Linda Schniederjans ... Also has lived in North Andover, Mass. ... Two younger brothers, Ben and Luke ... Had four holes-in-one in 2007 ... Majoring in Management.