Schniederjans one shot back in event
by MDJ staff and wire reports
June 20, 2014 04:00 AM | 1815 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One day after ascending to No. 1 in the world amateur rankings, Ollie Schniederjans showed his ability to perform well in a professional event.

The Georgia Tech star and former Harrison High School standout shot an opening-round 6-under par 64 in the Tour’s Air Capital Classic at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan.

Schniederjans ended his round with a flurry, birdieing five of his final seven holes and matched Tour regulars Brad Elder and Gavin Coles in a tie for second, a shot behind Aaron Watkins.

Four days after his 21st birthday, Schniederjans showed he could hang with golfers older than him, in a field where he was the lone amateur. After bogeying the par-4 first hole, he got back under par with a birdie on 4, and then another on 9.

Schniederjans made it into the professional tournament on an exemption, for winning last October’s U.S. Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta.

Six golfers shot 65, with another five at 66.

U.S. Women’s Open: Stacy Lewis managed to keep the stress at a minimum on a steamy morning at Pinehurst for a bogey-free 3-under 67, giving her a one-shot lead over Michelle Wie when the opening round was halted because of storms in the area.

Wie made four birdies on the back nine, and a 10-foot par save on the par-3 17th hole, for a 68.

Comparisons were inevitable for such an occasion — the first time the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open were held on the same course in back-to-back weeks. Pinehurst No. 2 was 1,064 yards shorter than it was for the first round last week.

Lewis, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, and Wie were among five players who broke par when play was suspended with 30 players still on the course.

Former Women’s Open champion So Yeon Ryu, Katherine Kirk and 18-year-old amateur Minjee Lee were at 69.

Lucy Li, the 11-year-old from the Bay Area who became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history, missed only one fairway and was rarely out of position, though it cost the sixth-grader dearly when she was. Li made one triple bogey and two double bogeys, three blemishes on her card that led to a 78.

Travelers Championship: Brendan Steele shot an 8-under 62 in the morning session to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour event.

The 31-year-old Californian opened with an eagle, holing a 129-yard wedge shot in the rain. He birdied six of the next 12 holes at TPC River Highlands, and closed the bogey-free round with five straight pars.

Steele finished two shots off the course record set by Patrick Cantlay in 2011 as an amateur.

Bud Cauley and Ryan Moore shot 63, and Chad Campbell, Joe Durant, Scott Langley, Eric Axley and Jeff Maggert followed at 64.

Former Stanford stars Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson made their pro debuts, with Rodgers shooting a 66, and Wilson a 73. Rodgers won 11 college tournaments and this year’s Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus awards as the nation’s top college player. Wilson won the NCAA individual title.

Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton, coming off a second-place tie in the U.S. Open, shot a 74.
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