June 17, 2014
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans was named to the first team and Seth Reeves to the second team this week in All-America teams announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America and Golfweek magazine.
It is the 14th time in the last 16 years that Georgia Tech has had at least two members of its team earn All-American honors, and Schniederjans becomes the 12th Yellow Jacket to earn first-team honors.
Schniederjans, the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and the runner-up for medalist honors at the NCAA Championship, was previously named a first-team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Reeves, an All-ACC choice this spring, earned automatic All-America recognition for his sixth place finish at the NCAA Championship.
Schniederjans, a rising senior from Powder Springs, Ga., won five tournaments in 2013-14, including the ACC individual championship, and was runner-up in both the NCAA Raleigh Regional and NCAA Championship. Reeves, who graduated from Tech in May, won twice for the Yellow Jackets in his final year and posted six top-10 finishes.
Werenski Wins Pro Debut
Senior Richard Werenski didn’t take long to make a splash after turning professional, earning a victory and a $2,500 check at the Cutter Creek Golf Club event in Snow Hill, N.C., on the NGA Tour.
Werenski, who graduated in May and had two top-10 finishes for the Yellow Jackets as a senior, shot rounds of 66-67-70 for a 13-under-par total of 203 and a seven-shot victory.
White, Griffin Earn Top-10s at eGolf Event
Georgia Tech alumni James White and John-Tyler Griffin both finished in the top 10 last weekend at the eGolf Tour Forest Oaks Classic in Greensboro, N.C. White, a 2012 Tech graduate from Acworth, Ga., finished third, six shots out of the lead, with a 17-under-par 271 and earned $6,025. Griffin, a 2011 graduate from Wilson, N.C., was one shot back of White and earned $4,000.
Griffin currently stands eighth on the eGolf Tour money list with $22,223.75.
Schniederjans Competing in Web.com Tour Event
Ollie Schniederjans is reaping the spoils of his victory last fall in the United States Collegiate Championship by competing this week in the Air Capital Classic on the Web.com Tour in Wichita, Kan. The rising senior from Powder Springs, Ga., earned the exemption by winning the USCC. He is joined in the field by former Tech All-Americans Paul Haley II and Matt Weibring.
■ Anders Albertson, a rising senior from Woodstock, Ga., tied for 21st at last weekend’s Monroe Invitational in Pittsford, N.Y., posting a 1-under-par total of 279. He was one of five Tech current or former players in the event, including rising sophomore Michael Hines, who red-shirted last year for Tech, tied for 45th at 286 (+6). Bo Andrews tied for 38th, while rising sophomore Vincent Whaley tied for 66th and senior Drew Czuchry tied for 69th.
■ Seth Reeves, a two-time champion at the Southeastern Amateur in Columbus, Ga., finished sixth last weekend in the event after rounds of 72-68-68-69 (277, -7). Incoming freshman Jacob Joiner (Leesburg, Ga.) tied for 11th at 4-under 280, while Michael Pisciotta (Alpharetta, Ga.) tied for 49th.
■ Incoming freshman Chris Petefish (Danville, Calif.) tied for fourth place in the Southwestern Amateur the weekend of June 4-7, firing rounds of 70-66-69-69 for a 6-under-par total of 274.
■ Hines (Acworth, Ga.), Whaley (McKinney, Texas) and Czuchry (Auburn, Ga.) all missed the cut the same weekend at the Palmetto Amateur in Aiken, S.C.
PGA Tour Update
■ Georgia Tech alums on the PGA Tour have earned nearly $9 million this year ($8,954,420 to be exact), well ahead of the pace set last season, when Yellow Jackets on Tour totaled more than $11 million and won the Rivals Cup race. Tech is in second place in this year’s race to Georgia, whose former players have totaled more than $18.6 million, and $2 million ahead of third-place UNLV.
■ Seven former Tech stars are teeing it up in this weekend’s Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. The field includes Briny Baird, David Duval, Chesson Hadley, Matt Kuchar, Troy Matteson, Bryce Molder and Nicholas Thompson.
■ Stewart Cink, who won the 1997 and 2008 Travelers Championships, is not in the field after tying for 54th at last weekend’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst (72-72-74-75, 293, +13).
■ Kuchar tied for 12th at the U.S. Open last weekend with a 3-over-par total of 283 (69-70-71-73), while Roberto Castro missed the 36-hole cut after rounds of 74-74.
■ Hadley is the highest-ranked rookie on the PGA Tour, according to FedEx Cup points standings (45th), with one victory and six top-25s in 20 starts. He has been the low rookie on tour 10 times.
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