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Ollie Schniederjans ready to make the jump to PGA Tour, but still has work to do at Peek'n Peak

CLYMER – It's been a whirlwind year for Ollie Schniederjans.

The former No. 1-ranked amateur player in the world became just the third amateur since 1960 to make the cut in both the U.S. Open and Open Championship last year, joining none other than Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

He turned professional after a tie for 12th place in the British the following week at the RBC Canadian Open, finishing in a tie for 22nd place. He followed that up the next week with a 15th-place finish, making it clear he wasn't out of place with the world's best players.

But Schniederjans missed the next two cuts on Tour, and eventually landed on the Web.com Tour. It's an experience he says was needed.

"So many pieces had to be put together for me," he said. "Golf-game wise, how I go about my business. My 72-hole weeks that we're having out here. No school, golf for a living. All of this is new, figuring out my process and how I go about my business and getting things in order is what I've done this year."

Schniederjans has shown before he's willing to take a slightly different path. He finished college at Georgia Tech at a time when the game's best young players, like his friend Jordan Spieth, are turning professional earlier and earlier.

"It feels like five years ago since I was in school because it seems like so much has happened since I graduated," he said. "I've put everything into this. I've had some struggles this year, but I've learned so much from it and I feel like I'm in a great place."

The results speak for themselves. Schniederjans picked up his first Web.com victory in the tour's last event, the Air Capital Classic, shooting 17-under. He's third on the Web.com Tour money list and will graduate to the PGA Tour in 2016-17.

"I'm excited to be a member next year," he said. "I feel like I'm ready."

Before that, though, he's put himself in good position through the first two rounds here at the LECOM Health Challenge, starting the third round Saturday in a tie for seventh place at 9-under, three shots off the lead.

"It's a great course," he said. "The greens are tricky. It's a good test."

 

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