Schniederjans led wire-to-wire to become Georgia Tech’s 10th ACC individual champion and fourth in the last five years. The junior from Powder Springs shot rounds of 65-70-69 to post a 12-under-par 204 and win by five shots over former Etowah High School star Anders Albertson and Virginia’s Denny McCarthy, who both finished at 7-under-par 209.
“We struggled with that (bad) weather on Friday, and Ollie kept us in the tournament with a 7-under-par round, which was fantastic,” Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler said. “The last two days have been great weather, and we’ve played really, really well.”
Schniederjans also won for the third time in Tech’s last three spring events, and became the first Yellow Jacket ever to win five tournaments in one school year.
“Just super excited for the team to win and then for me to win, it’s a perfect way to finish the day,” Schniederjans said. “It’s such a nice setting out here on 18 and to look at the scoreboard and we have a five shot lead as a team and I have a five shot lead as an individual, it’s just really nice. It’s kind of what you dream about on the last hole, to walk in to finishing the round.”
His play overshadowed the best performance of the spring from Albertson, who came into the event as the defending ACC champion. The junior from Woodstock opened the tournament with a 76. But he shot 68 Saturday and a career-low 65 Sunday that included six birdies and an eagle.
Tech, ranked No. 2 in the nation, won the ACC title for the 10th time under Heppler and for the 15th time in the program’s history.
Clemson was third at 13-under 851, followed Virginia Tech (857), Virginia (862), Wake Forest (864), Notre Dame (872), North Carolina (876), N.C. State (882), Duke (884), Maryland (885) and Boston College (887).
The win made Tech an automatic qualifier for the NCAA regionals which will be held at six different sites around the country the weekend of May 15-17. The fields for those regionals will be announced May 5. The top five finishers in each regional advance to the NCAA championship, May 23-28 in Hutchinson, Kan.