Notebook: Schniederjans in the mix
December 11, 2015
By Kevin Prise, Web.com Tour staff
- December 11, 2015
- Ollie Schniederjans is five shots back and alone in second place. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Bear Trap showed its teeth Friday at PGA National’s Champion course, and Ollie Schniederjans was not immune.
The former No. 1-ranked amateur played holes 15, 16 and 17 at the Champion course in 1 over par, and that included an 8-foot par putt on the par-3 17th hole.
Once he got through the Bear Trap, though, Schniederjans resumed his march up the leaderboard at Final Stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.
The Georgia Tech alum made five birdies in his final 10 holes, en route to a 3-under 68 that places him solo second at 9-under 134 through two rounds, five strokes behind leader Adam Svensson.
“That’s a decent score on that course today with the wind,” Schniederjans said outside the scoring trailer after completing his second round. “(The Bear Trap) was tough. That whole back nine … 11 through 18 is a really good stretch of holes; it’s a good challenge.
“It just means another round behind me, and two more. So I’ve got another important round out there (tomorrow).”
In the final two rounds, Schniederjans has a lot to play for. The tournament medalist earns fully exempt status for the 2016 Web.com Tour season, and in order to catch the leader, Schniederjans will need to leave no stone unturned.
An Atlanta native who recently moved to Jupiter, Florida, for the winter, Schniederjans started on the Champion course’s back nine Friday and arrived at the 15th tee at 1 under for the round.
His tee shot found the left greenside bunker and he couldn’t get up and down, but he was able to par the tricky par-4 16th hole despite again finding a bunker with his tee shot – this time missing the fairway left.
But Schniederjans got up and down for par on 17, and from there it was off to the races – aside from a tee shot out of bounds on the par-4 second hole that led to a double bogey.
“I need to keep sharpening up my ball-striking,” Schniederjans said of what it might take to catch Svensson. “From tee to green, it has been good enough to shoot good scores, but I could tighten it up a little bit.”
Schniederjans opened with a 76 at Second Stage last month before fighting back to advance on the number, and he had no such problems in starting fast at Final Stage.
With rounds of 66 and 68 to start, he’s certainly in the conversation for medalist honors.
“I’m in a good place,” Schniederjans said. “The only thing that was weird at Second Stage was just that I guess I didn’t know what to expect … and I was just uncomfortable. I still can’t figure out exactly why.
“You don’t really always figure it out. It just is what it is. (This week), I feel great out there.”
Ollie Schniederjans interview after Round 2 of Web.com Tour Q-School
Justin Hueber interview after Round 2 of Web.com Tour Q-School
Hueber feeds off the leader: Justin Hueber played alongside leader Adam Svensson and seemed to feed off the leader. Hueber finds himself tied for third place after a 69. He's certainly no stranger to success.
Hueber, 28, is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, and played collegiately at the University of Indianapolis, collecting 11 individual titles over four years and three All-American honors.
He spent the 2015 season on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, where he finished No. 10 on the Order of Merit to earn an exemption into the final stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. His season consisted of three top 10s and six top 25s, including his first win as a professional at the 57th Abierto Mexicano where he finished birdie-birdie-eagle-par to win by one stroke.
Hueber teamed up with Matt Kuchar at the unofficial Bridgestone America’s Golf Cup, filling in for Kuchar’s injured partner, Tiger Woods. It turned out to be a successful exchange as the duo carded scores of 67-60-63-60 to win by four strokes in Mexico City.
Field's youngest player in the mix: Charles Wang carded a 68 on the Champion course.
At 18 years old, Charles Wang is the youngest player in the field at the final stage of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. Wang is one of nine players to advance to the finals after beginning his journey at the Pre-Qualifying stage.
With a 3-under 68 in the second round, Wang is tied for 40th, meaning he would be fully exempt for the Web.com Tour in 2016 through the second reshuffle if the tournament ended today.
The Lakewood Ranch, Florida, resident spent one year as a member of the Northwestern University men’s golf team for the 2014-15 season after skipping a grade in high school and enrolling in Northwestern as a 17-year-old. Wang elected to turn pro in the spring of 2015.
Odds and Ends: Schniederjans' former Georgia Tech teammate Anders Albertson stands T5 at 7 under after firing a 2-under 70 on the Fazio course. Both shared the same college major, business management, and graduated this past spring. ... Former top-ranked amateur Cheng Tsung Pan failed to back up an opening-round 66, firing 2-over 73 at the Champion course to fall into a tie for 26th at 4 under.
Champion Front (36) Back (35) Total (71) Round 1 34.975 35.999 70.974 Round 2 35.701 36.442 72.143 Cumulative 71.556 Fazio Front (36) Back (36) Total (72) Round 1 35.389 35.324 70.623 Round 2 35.321 35.731 71.052 Cumulative 70.838