Georgia Tech golfer rises to No. 1 in world amateur rankings

Ollie Schniederjans, the Georgia Tech golf star who attended Harrison High in Cobb County, is now ranked the No. 1 amateur golfer in the world.

The golfer was expected to rise to the top spot this summer, but when Stanford’sCameron Wilson and 2013 U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick turned professional this week, the World Amateur Golf Rankings made it official on Wednesday, reports Marietta Daily Journal.

Five Tech Golfers Named to All-ACC Academic Team

All five starters on Georgia Tech’s golf team have been named to the 2014 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Team announced Monday, while Ollie Schniederjans has also been named the ACC Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

It is the second time in the last three years that Tech has placed five individuals on the ACC’s All-Academic team, and Schniederjans becomes the second Yellow Jacket to be named Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining James White, who won it twice in 2011 and 2012.

McLennan Wins Tennessee Women’s Amateur

The list of firsts for the Chattanooga Mocs women’s golf program is dwindling. Success has a habit of that, but rising junior Emily McLennan certainly found one, and she did it in a big way.

McLennan is the first Mocs women’s golfer to capture the Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship. She closed out two-time champion Kendall Martindale 3&2 at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville Friday morning.

Martindale got off to a fast start winning two of the first four holes for a 2up advantage. McLennan answered with a birdie on five and par on six to square the match. She won her third hole in five with another birdie at nine for a 1up lead at the turn.

Rory McIlroy Shoots 64

Going low to start a tournament has been a relatively common occurrence for Rory McIlroy in 2014. It’s backing it up that has been the problem.

Despite gusty winds and cool temperatures on the Northeast coast of Scotland, McIlroy rattled off eight birdies and a bogey Thursday morning at Royal Aberdeen to take the early, first-round lead at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.