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, and played in the Air Capital
Classic presented by Aetna on the Web.com Tour, where he finished tied fifth.
“I’m very excited about this accomplishment,” he said. “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.”
The R&A and United States Golf Association award is
named after Mark H McCormack, 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
throughout the season and adapt his game to playing in events on links and
heathland courses in the UK. It is a great achievement to lead the ranking and
he is the latest in a line of very good players to win the medal.”
The World Amateur Golf RankingTM, which is supported by
Rolex, was established in 2007 when the men’s ranking was launched. The Men’s
ranking encompasses more than 2,700 counting events, ranking more than 6,100
players representing 101 countries worldwide. The women’s ranking was launched
in 2011 and has a calendar of more than 1,400 counting events with over 3,000
ranked players representing 74 countries worldwide.