College Men

Georgia Tech grabs early lead at U.S. Collegiate

Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans won his match in 19 holes over UNLV's Kevin Penner during the quarterfinals of match play at the 2013 NCAA Championship at Capital City Club Crabapple Course.
Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans won his match in 19 holes over UNLV's Kevin Penner during the quarterfinals of match play at the 2013 NCAA Championship at Capital City Club Crabapple Course. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ollie Schniederjans carded a 6-under 66 to help Georgia Tech grab the first-round lead Friday at the U.S. Collegiate.

Schniederjans, whose eagle on the 54th hole clinched a Yellow Jackets' victory in this event last year, made an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys Friday at the Golf Club of Georgia's Lakeside course in Alpharetta, Ga., to share the opening-round individual lead with Virginia's Ben Rusch.

Georgia Tech, ranked third in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and winner of two events this fall, leads Oklahoma State by five shots in the team standings after a first-round 9-under 279.

The Cowboys, who are 4 under as a team, were paced by Jordan Niebrugge's 3-under 69. He shares third with six others, including Texas A&M's Ben Crancer, Golfweek's top-ranked individual, and Stanford's Cameron Wilson and David Boote.

Texas A&M, ranked No. 2 by Golfweek, and Virginia are tied for third at 3 under.