Schniederjans, Forrester One Stroke off Lead at the DogwoodJune 27, 2012
Seven current or former Yellow Jackets in field for top amateur event at Druid Hills GC
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech sophomore Ollie Schniederjans and 2000 Yellow Jacket graduate Carlton Forrester each shot 5-under 67s Wednesday and are one shot off the lead after the first round of The Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club.
Schniederjans, who averaged 72.4 in 11 events for Tech as a freshman, and Forrester, the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up, were part of an all-Yellow Jacket group at the 8:54 a.m. start time that also included Tech rising junior Richard Werenski, who shot a 1-over 73 and is tied for 22nd place.
M.J. Maguire, a qualifier for the tournament from the University of North Florida, shot 66 Wednesday to grab the first-round lead.
Also in the Dogwood field from Tech this week is senior Minghao Wang, who shot 75 Wednesday (T44), sophomore Anders Albertson and juniors Bo Andrews and Seth Reeves, who each carded a 76 (T58).
They are chasing a prestigious amateur title that hasn’t been won by a Yellow Jacket golfer since Charlie Harrison in 1966. Paul Haley, currently a rookie and the leading money winner on the Nationwide Tour, was Tech’s top finisher a year ago, posting a 12-under-par score of 276 to tie for 10th place. Reeves shot 277 to tie for 12th, and Albertson 278 to tie for 15th.
The Dogwood was first contested at Druid Hills Golf Club since 1941, hosting such notable players as Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Bill Haas, Kyle Stanley, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Lucas Glover, and is currently rated No. 25 globally among world amateur events by the Scratch Players Group.
The 72-hole event continues through Saturday, and admission is free. Druid Hills Golf Club is located at Ponce de Leon Avenue and Clifton Road, East of downtown Atlanta.