WICHITA, Kan. – Ollie Schniederjans rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to defeat former Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit winner J.J. Spaun and PAC-12 Freshman of the Year Collin Morikawa in a playoff at the Air Capital Classic presented by AETNA. The 23-year-old Schniederjans’ first Web.com Tour win moves him up to No. 3 on the money list.
“I felt like it was probably a 20 percent chance of making it,” said Schniederjans, about the 18-foot left-to-right putt. “I just wanted to pure the heck out of it and see what happens. It went in beautifully; it was incredible.”
Earlier this season Schniederjans lost in overtime to Brad Fritsch at the Servientrega Championship presented by Efecty in Cartagena, Colombia. After coming up short, the Tour rookie notched two more top-10s before hitting a roadblock. The last few weeks, Schniederjans has struggled but was able to find his form in Wichita and lock up one of the 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the conclusion of the Regular Season.
“It’s just a lifetime dream come true,” said the three-time All-American at Georgia Tech, who earned a first-place prize of $112,500. “To be able to go out there and be a member of the PGA TOUR, it’s an unbelievable feeling. I put so much work in to get there. I’m thrilled to join a bunch of my friends out there.”
Some of those comrades Schniederjans was referring to include 2016 CIMB Classic champion Justin Thomas, 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic winner Daniel Berger, and 2014-15 FedExCup Champion Jordan Spieth. Watching these three and others have success on TOUR has fueled Schniederjans. Instead of getting impatient and being in a rush to join his friends, the Alpharetta, Georgia resident has embraced the Web.com Tour and how it prepares you for the next step.
“I can’t believe how much I’ve learned this year,” said Schniederjans, about life on Tour. “I never would’ve thought I had this much to get better at and this much to learn. I needed this year on the Web.com Tour, honestly. I don’t think I was ready for the PGA TOUR. Maybe I could’ve been ready, but I wasn’t at my best. This year I’ve gotten so many things in order.”
“I feel like I’m going out there the best version of myself,” Schniederjans continued. “Rather than if I was out there this year, I would’ve had to do all this learning out there. Doing it out here, putting things in perspective, it’s been an amazing experience on the Web.com Tour for me so far.”
And Schniederjans is not done yet. He set out to accomplish a few things this season and his victory at Crestview Country Club is just the beginning.
“My goal this year was to win twice,” Schniederjans said. “I thought that was a realistic goal, to try and win and then back it up with another one.”
WICHITA, KS – Delta Dental of Kansas Becomes Air Capital Classic Ambassador
Delta Dental of Kansas has joined 24 other community and business leaders to become the latest Air Capital Classic Ambassador.
WICHITA, KS – Air Capital Classic Alums comprise almost 25% of 2016 Master’s Field.
Twenty-one former Air Capital Classic players are part of the ninety-man 2016 Masters field including former champions Jason Dufner and Scott Piercy.
Notable Air Capital Classic Alumni includes:
The 2016 Air Capital Classic will be held at its reigning home for the last 15 years—Crestview Country Club—from June 16th to June 26th, with competition rounds from the 23rd to the 26th.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH and DAYTONA, Florida – The PGA TOUR and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced today that they have formalized their longstanding cooperative relationship by entering into a long-term, written strategic alliance agreement designed to further promote the growth of golf. This partnership between the leading men’s and women’s professional golf tours will include areas such as schedule coordination, joint marketing programs, domestic television representation, digital media and exploring the potential development of joint events.
“From our collaboration in bringing golf back as an Olympic sport as joint members of the International Golf Federation to our cooperation in helping to grow the game of golf as part of the World Golf Foundation, our two organizations have had a long history of working together for the common good of our sport,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Extending our relationship with the LPGA into these new areas is a natural extension of this work and collaboration.”
“We believe the PGA TOUR has significant expertise in the areas that we will focus on together and working more closely with them carries with it the very real potential of positively impacting our members, our tournaments, and our ability to grow our sport around the world,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “We look forward to working with the PGA TOUR team to deliver a positive impact for our sport.”
Both organizations emphasized that while the alliance strengthens their relationship and the potential benefits of working together in these various areas are attractive for the overall growth of the sport, the alliance involves no formal financial investment or transfer of ownership or control. Both parties remain wholly separate and independent organizations.
WICHITA, KS – Ron and Susan Niswander Join Ranks of Air Capital Classic Ambassadors.
Ron and Susan Niswander are the latest Air Capital Classic ambassadors.
“The Niswanders have been long-time supporters and attendees at our event. Their decision to become involved in a more meaningful way as ambassadors is greatly appreciated, “Tournament Director Roy said.