Schniederjans sees Open hopes close quickly
by MDJ staff reports
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Ollie Schniederjans shot rounds of 83-76 Monday at Ainsley Golf Club-Settndown Creek in Roswell at the U.S. Open Sectional qualifying tournament. 
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Ollie Schniederjans shot rounds of 83-76 Monday at Ainsley Golf Club-Settndown Creek in Roswell at the U.S. Open Sectional qualifying tournament. Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Ollie Schniederjans bid to qualify for this month’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst likely didn’t go as he had planned.

The former Harrison High School and current Georgia Tech standout shot rounds of 83-76 for a two-round total of 15-over par at Ainsley Golf Club at Settindown Creek in Roswell on Monday.

Henrik Norlander, a former three-time All-American at Augusta State and current member of the Tour, shot rounds of 70-70 to finish at 4-under par to claim medalist honors. Smylie Kaufman, who helped lead LSU to the semifinals of match play at the NCAA tournament last week, shot rounds of 67-75 to finish runner-up at 2-under par. Norlander and Kaufman earned the two spots available for the Open.

Virginia Tech’s Trevor Cole shot rounds of 72-71 to claim first alternate and former Auburn golfer Michael Hebert finished with rounds of 74-70 to earn status as second alternate.

Schniederjans, coming off a week where he was runner-up for the NCAA individual championship, was derailed early in his first round with three bogeys and a double bogey to shoot 41 on his first nine. A quadruple bogey on No. 18 ended any chances he may have had heading into the second round.

A second quadruple bogey on his second hole of the afternoon led to a nine-hole score of 43, before he answered with five birdies on the front nine.

Acworth’s Chris Kirk will be the only local player to play in the U.S. Open this year. Kirk was fully exempt and didn’t have to go through qualifying, but fellow Acworth native Jason Bohn, former Harrison and Georgia Tech standout James White and Canton’s Richard Stark suffered the same results as Schniederjans.

Bohn, who tried to earn one of the 16 available spots from the Columbus, Ohio qualifier shot an opening round 77 at Scioto Country Club and was 3-over on his afternoon round through nine holes before withdrawing from the competition.

Former British Open champion Justin Leonard, Seung Yul Noh and Justin Thomas all shot 5-under par to share medalist honors.

White played the best of all the local players, but his rounds of 72-73 at Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ohio left him at 5-over for the day, nine shots out of one of the three available spots. PGA Tour member Brian Stuard shot rounds of 64-65 to earn medalist honors there at 11-under par.

Stark, a native of Canton, shot rounds of 76-76 over the Colonial Country Club’s North and South courses in Memphis to finish 19 shots behind medalist, and former Georgia standout Hudson Swoffard, who shot rounds of 69-64 to finish at 10-under par.

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