Schniederjans still rolling
Despite the holiday season being in full swing, junior golf is still going strong in the South, and Oliver Schniederjans is still riding his streak of solid play.
The Polo Golf Junior Invitational champion got another victory at the Jones Cup Junior Invitational Dec. 22. Schniederjans, 16, shot 1-under 209 (71-66-72) at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Ga., and won by 10 shots. Schniederjans now has an exemption to play in the Jones Cup Feb. 4-7, an event featuring amateurs from around the world.
Schniederjans, who also received Junior Player of the Year honors from the Georgia State Golf Association after winning the Georiga Public Links Sept. 13, has verbally committed to Georgia Tech for the fall of 2011. He is ranked No. 16 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings.
In other junior tournament news, Ian McConnell, ranked No. 28 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, also found success Dec. 22 at the Innisbrook Christmas Junior, played at the resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla. McConnell shot 8-over 221 (76-73-72) to win by one shot. In the girls’ division, Heather Proctor shot 16-over 229 (74-80-75) to win by two shots.
Farther south in Miami, Fla., Tommy Cocha of Salta, Argentina won the Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic played at the Doral Resort Dec. 21-23. Cocha jumped out of the gate with a 69 in Round 1, and followed it up with 72s in the final two rounds to win by one shot at 3-under 213. Laetitia Beck, of Bradenton, Israel, won the girls’ division by seven shots with a 7-under 209 (69-70-70). Beck will play for Duke in the fall.