>Oliver Schniederjans has won the Mark H
McCormack Medal as the number one-ranked
in the 2014 World Amateur Golf Ranking (TM).
The 21-year-old from Powder Springs,
has enjoyed an excellent season, amassing five
in his third year in college golf. The Georgia
student also finished second in the NCAA
Championship and NCAA Raleigh Regional.
Schniederjans reached the third round of
week’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta
Athletic Club and was selected for the American
Palmer Cup team which faced Europe at Walton
Heath in June. Although Europe triumphed by 18
to 11 ½, Schniederjans was his team’s highest
scorer winning three points from a possible four.
As well as a successful season on the
and amateur circuits, Schniederjans has
well in several professional events. He received
exemption into the Aberdeen Asset Management
Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen, where he
tied for 41st, and played in the Air Capital
presented by Aetna on the Web.com Tour, where
finished tied fifth.
“I’m very excited about this
he said. “It is something I believed I could
have gotten better every year since I got to
and hope to continue that in future. I wouldn’t
been able to achieve this without all the support
have received and all the opportunities I have
practice and to be able to play good
“I know all about the players who have won
McCormack Medal and know my name will
remembered alongside them. It is going to be
cool to be known as a great amateur before I go
to play professionally.”
The R&A and United States Golf Association
(USGA) award is named after Mark H
who founded sports marketing company IMG and
was a great supporter of amateur golf.
John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing
Director, Rules, Competitions & Amateur
Status, said, “We extend our congratulations to
Oliver for this tremendous honor. From the U.S.
Amateur and NCAA Championships to multiple
professional events, he has proven to be a
remarkable competitor at many levels, and this
award is greatly deserved.”
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director –
Championships at The R&A, said, “Oliver
deserves tremendous credit for the way he has
performed this year. He has shown that he can
maintain high standards of performance
the season and adapt his game to playing in
on links and heathland courses in the UK. It is a
great achievement to lead the ranking and he is
latest in a line of very good players to win the
ABOUT THE WORLD AMATEUR GOLF
The World Amateur Golf Ranking (TM),
supported by Rolex, was established in 2007
the men’s ranking was launched. The Men’s
encompasses more than 2,700 counting events,
ranking more than 6,100 players representing
countries worldwide. The women’s ranking was
launched in 2011 and has a calendar of more
1,400 counting events with over 3,000 ranked
players representing 74 countries worldwide.
As a point of reference, Schiederjans is
ranked No. 11 in the world and No. 5 in the U.S.
the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Player
Rankings. These rankings do not award
for mid-season collegiate events; they do award
points for NCAA Regionals and Championships,
well as worldwide amateur tournaments and
performances in professional events.