Georgia Tech will have a second new PGA Tour member next season – former Tech All-American Ollie Schniederjans.
One of the greatest players in school history, Schniederjans won the Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan., Sunday on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, securing a top-25 finish on the money list of the Web.com Tour that will give him membership on the big tour next season.
It was Schniederjans’ first win on the Web.com Tour. He is in his first full year as a professional after finishing his decorated Tech career last spring.
“It’s just a lifetime dream come true,” Schniederjans told reporters. “To be able to go out there and be a member of the PGA Tour, it’s an unbelievable feeling.”
Schniederjans dropped an 18-foot birdie putt on the second hole of the playoff to secure the win. He finished 72 holes at 17-under 263, tying with Collin Morikawa of Cal and professional J.J. Spaun. Schniederjans tied the course record at Crestview Country Club with a 61 in the third round. He played the final 46 holes without a bogey.
With four top-10 finishes, Schniederjans is now No. 3 on the money list with $245,713. The top 25 earn PGA Tour cards. The No. 25 earner last year made $161,102.
Former Tech player Richy Werenski will also earn a promotion to the PGA Tour; he’s No. 2 on the money list with one win and two seconds. Another former teammate of theirs, Anders Albertson, is in the hunt at No. 38 on the money list.
Schniederjans missed the opportunity to earn a PGA Tour card by the narrowest of margins last year, when literally one stroke in three different tournaments would have given him the chance to play for a tour card. He described the outcome, not surprisingly, as “just brutal.”
The wait has proven worth it.
“I never would’ve thought I had this much to get better at and this much to learn,” Schniederjans told reporters. “I needed this year on the Web.com Tour, honestly. I don’t think I was ready for the PGA Tour.”