Schniederjans earns All-American honors
by Adam Carrington
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July 02, 2013 12:04 AM | 1049 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ollie Schniederjans still has two more years at Georgia Tech, plenty of time to be a first-team all-American.

Meanwhile, he’s already been awarded for his improved play from his freshman season.

The former Harrison High School standout and was given good news June 20 when the Golf Coaches Association of America announced that he had been named third-team PING All-American alongside teammate, and former Etowah star Anders Albertson.

“I’m just excited about my improvement from my freshman year,” Schniederjans said. “This year, that just showed I improved a lot from my freshman year, when I didn’t make all-american.”

“Hopefully next year, I can be first team or player of the year and just try to get better.”

Cory Whitesett of NCAA National champion Alabama made the PING All-America first team as did NCAA individual champion Max Homa, Michael Kim and Michael Weaver of California. Florida State’s Daniel Berger, TCU’s Julien Brun, New Mexico’s James Erkenback, UCF’s Greg Eason, Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan, Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers and Texas’ Brandon Stanford were also named PING first team all-America.

Schniederjans also made the all-ACC academic team for the second straight year.

Late in this season, especially during the NCAA tournament, Schniederjans showed he thrived under pressure, finishing in a tie for eighth place in the individual tournament.

A day later, he experienced one of his better moments as a Yellow Jacket occurred in the match play quarterfinals against UNLV. After finishing his match all-square through 18 holes, Schniederjans hit a 110-yard lob wedge that landed 3-feet from the flag on the first playoff hole. The shot led to a birdie and a Georgia Tech victory.

Another pressure-cooker situation for Schniederjans came last fall in the United States Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia when he eagled 18 to help the Yellow Jackets defeat UCLA and tie for seventh individually. He also placed second in the Puerto Rico Classic and fifth in the Brickyard Invitational.

Schniederjans has talked recently about his short game making progress in a one-year span and it really showed at the Dogwood Invitational when he took second place to Michael Johnson after firing rounds of 63-69-67-68 to finish with a 21-under-par 267. His score would have been good enough to win the event in eight of the previous 12 years. He also took eighth at the Northeast Amateur and 27th in the Sunnehanna Amateur.

Schniederjans will also attempt to qualify for the U.S. Amateur later this month. If he qualifies, the tournament will be held Aug. 12-18 at the The Country Club – Brookline, Mass.

I feel great obviously,” Schniederjans said. “I still have a few tournaments between now and the (U.S. Amateur) qualifier. But all parts of my game is clicking now and I should be tough to beat.”



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