Schniederjans named finalist for Ben Hogan Award
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Georgia Tech and former Harrison High School standout Ollie Schniederjans has been named one of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award. The Hogan Award is given annually to the nations best collegiate golfer.
Georgia Tech and former Harrison High School standout Ollie Schniederjans has been named one of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award. The Hogan Award is given annually to the nations best collegiate golfer.
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Ollie Schniederjans, the Georgia Tech star and Harrison High School graduate, has been named one of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award.

Though Georgia Tech golfers have won other national golfer of the year awards in the past, Schniederjans is the first Yellow Jacket to be a finalist for the Hogan Award, first handed out in 1990.

The junior from Powder Springs joins Stanford teammates Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson as finalists. The winner will be crowned May 18, during a banquet preceding the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

The winner of the Hogan Award will earn an exemption into the 2015 tournament at Colonial.

All three finalists rank among the top 10 in each of the four primary ranking systems for college players — the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and Golfstat Rankings.

“To be one of the finalists for this award is a thrill and an honor, similar to being a finalist for the Heisman in football,” Schniederjans said in a release. “I’m honored to be considered and to be the first Tech finalist, and I’m really looking forward to being in Fort Worth.”

Past Georgia Tech golfers who have won golfer of the year awards — but not the Hogan Award — include such PGA Tour mainstays as Matt Kuchar, David Duval, Stewart Cink and Bryce Molder.

Heading into the NCAA regionals, Schniederjans is tied for the Division I lead in victories in 2013-14 with five, a new Georgia Tech record for a single season. His victories include a current three-tournament winning streak with triumphs at the Valspar Invitational, Robert Kepler Invitational and Atlantic Coast Conference championships.

In all, Schniederjans has eight top-10 finishes in 11 events and carries a season stroke average of 69.73, helping the Yellow Jackets to a top-five national ranking.

Rodgers, the Pac-12 Player of the Year with five victories this year, is a finalist for the second time, having previously received an invitation as a freshman in 2012. The native of Avon, Ind., is the world’s top-ranked amateur golfer according to both the World Amateur Golf Ranking as well as the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking.

Wilson, a first-team All-Pac-12 choice from Rowayton, Conn., is ranked second in the Golfstat rankings and fifth by Golfweek/Sagarin. He recorded his first two career college wins this year.

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