Oliver Schniederjans has won the Mark H McCormack Medal as the number one-ranked player in the 2014 World Amateur Golf Ranking. The 21 year old from Powder Springs, Georgia has enjoyed an excellent season, amassing five wins in his third year in college golf at Georgia Tech. He also finished second in the NCAA Championship and NCAA Raleigh Regional.
Schniederjans reached the third round of the US Amateur Championship and was selected for the American Palmer Cup team which faced Europe at Walton Heath in June. Although Europe triumphed by 18½ to 11½, Schniederjans was his team’s highest points scorer winning three points from a possible four. As well as a successful season on the college and amateur circuits, Schniederjans has performed well in several professional events. He received an exemption into the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen, where he finished tied for 41st.
The R&A and United States Golf Association (USGA) award is named after Mark H McCormack, who founded sports marketing company IMG and was a great supporter of amateur golf.
Commenting Schniederjans said, “I’m very excited about this accomplishment. It is something I believed I could achieve. I have gotten better every year since I got to college and hope to continue that in future. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without all the support I have received and all the opportunities I have had to practise and to be able to play good tournaments. I know all about the players who have won the McCormack Medal and know my name will always be remembered alongside them. It is going to be really cool to be known as a great amateur before I go on to play professionally.”