Tech's Schniederjans earns spot in 2015 Valspar


Georgia Tech returned to its winning ways Tuesday by beating 10 top-30 teams at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational.

The victory was the fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets’ third of the season, but their first since mid-September. They finished at 15-under 837.

Leading Tech was junior Ollie Schniederjans, who shot 12-under 201 (67-67-67) to win by two over LSU’s Stewart Jolly and capture his third individual title of the season. This one came with an added perk, as Schniederjans earned a spot in next year’s Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour

Schniederjans, No. 8 in Golfstat’s individual rankings, is now a serious contender for NCAA Player of the Year with three titles and three other top 10s.

Georgia Tech entered the final round in a tie for No. 3 Oklahoma State, but surged ahead with the low round of the day, a third-round 283 at the Floridian in Palm City, Fla. The Cowboys, who have won four events this season, shot 291 on the final day and finished alone in second, eight shots behind. Texas A&M was third. 

Tech won its first two starts of the season, at the Carpet Capital and Tar Heel Intercollegiate, but had three runners-up since. In the Yellow Jackets’ most recent start, they finished a disappointing 12th at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, which boasts the strongest regular-season field of the season.