Schniederjans, M. Lee win McCormack medals
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Ollie Schniederjans and Minjee Lee have claimed the Mark H. McCormack medals as the leading amateur players in the 2014 World Amateur Golf Ranking for their respective divisions.
Schniederjans, 21, from Powder Springs, Ga., won five times as a junior at Georgia Tech.
He reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship and played on the U.S. Palmer Cup team in England.
Schniederjans also placed 41st in the European Tour’s Scottish Open and tied for fifth at the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic.
“I’m very excited about this accomplishment,” Schniederjans said in a release. “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 practice and to be able to play good tournaments.”
He earns exemptions into the 2015 U.S. Open and Open Championship as long as he retains his amateur status.
Lee, of Perth, Australia, defended her Australian Women’s Amateur title and finished inside the top 25 in both the U.S. Women’s Open and the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
The 18-year-old played for Australia in the LPGA International Crown event, while also finishing in the top-5 in three professional events, including a win at the Oates Women’s Victoria Open.
"I am very proud and happy to win the McCormack Medal,” Lee said in a statement. “It is an honor for me to be awarded this medal and it is an achievement I will always remember in my career. I have had a great season and played some good golf so I'm really excited to be number one in the ranking."
She will also receive an into the U.S. Women's Open and the British Women's Open.
The R&A and U.S. Golf Association award is named after Mark H. McCormack, who founded sports marketing company IMG and was a great supporter of amateur golf.