Yellow Jacket golfers use this time of year to put the clubs down, focus on class, family and working out
Tech junior will have a spot on next year's USA team for annual matches
Golf World magazine recognizes Tech junior for two wins and four top-5 finishes
Tech junior golfers have lifted Yellow Jackets to No. 2 national ranking
Jacket junior's strong month includes USCC championship
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.
Ranked seventh among Golf World magazine's Top 50 Players to Watch for 2013-14, but has jumped to the top after a strong fall performance in 2013 ... One of the nation's top junior players who graduated early from Harrison High School and entered Tech in January of 2011 (sat out the spring season) ... Enjoyed a solid freshman campaign, making the travel squad for both the ACC Championship and the NCAA Regional, and earned All-ACC and All-America honors as a sophomore ... Ranked No. 43 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking ... Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll three times.
2013-14: - Tournament Results
Named "Player of the Mid-Season" by Golf World magazine ... Sits atop the rankings for the Palmer Cup released by the Golf Coaches Association of America, meaning he will be on the USA team that competes in the summer of 2014 matches ... Finished the fall ranked No. 1 by Golfstat and No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Index after winning two of four events and finishing in the top five in the other two ... Opened the fall by sharing medalist honors at the Carpet Capital Collegiate (-9, 207) and helping Tech win the event by six shots over Georgia ... Closed it by winning the United States Collegiate Championship by four strokes (-10, 206) ... In between, finished third at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate (-3, 213) and tied for fourth, one shot out of a three-player tie at the top, at the Brickyard Collegoate (-8, 208) ... Broke par in nine of 12 rounds, with a high round of 73, and led the Jackets with a scoring average of 69.5... Posted a 309-5 head-to-head record (98.4 percent), including a perfect 21-0 against players ranked in the top 100 ... Named ACC Golfer of the Month for October after his performances at the USCC and Brickyard ... Has a 71.65 career stroke average over 80 rounds.
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 current Tech junior 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.