Member of FIA’s extended family turns professional
July 27, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Atlanta, GA – Forest Investment Associates (FIA) is pleased to announce it is sponsoring decorated golfer Ollie Schniederjans who recently turned professional. Last week, Ollie finished his record breaking amateur career at The Open Championship at St. Andrews, Scotland. He became only the third amateur since 1960 to make the cut in both the U.S. Open and The Open Championship in the same calendar year. In addition, this past weekend Ollie made his professional debut at the RBC Canadian Open where he tied for 22nd place.
“Since 2007, Ollie’s mother, Linda Schniederjans, has been an employee of Forest Investment Associates. During this time, Ollie has gained a considerable understanding and appreciation for FIA and its people,” said Sam Grice, Vice President at Forest Investment Associates. “Over this same period, we at FIA have gotten to know Ollie as well, and we are convinced that he demonstrates many of the same qualities that our company represents – integrity, a strong desire to excel, dedication, focus, a commitment to continuous improvement and adherence to family values. Our partnership agreement with Ollie is a natural development as we are proud of the fact that he has already been a member of the extended FIA family for the past eight years, and we are very excited to officially join his new team as he moves into the arena of professional golf.”
Prior to turning professional, Ollie played collegiately for four years at Georgia Tech in Atlanta where he also excelled in the classroom, graduating with honors and earning a degree in business this past May. While playing at Georgia Tech, Ollie was twice named both a First-Team All-American and the ACC Player of the Year. He was a member of the U.S. Palmer Cup Team in both 2014 and 2015 and also represented the United States as a member of the Junior Ryder Cup team in 2010.
In the summer between his junior and senior seasons, Ollie became the world’s No. 1 ranked amateur golfer and maintained that status for 41 consecutive weeks, winning the Mark H. McCormack Medal and securing exemptions into both the 2015 U.S. Open Championship and the 2015 Open Championship.
“My relationship with FIA began early in my amateur career as my mother was provided the opportunity to develop her role at the firm while simultaneously being given the flexibility to travel with me to my tournaments around the Southeast, nationally and even internationally. That support was extremely important to me, and I am thankful and appreciative of FIA for it. During that time, I have gotten to know FIA well, and I look forward to this partnership with a company whose values, work ethic and goals are similar to my own,” said Ollie.
Linda Schniederjans adds, “FIA has had a hand all along in supporting my family by providing me with the flexibility to handle the responsibilities of my position while traveling and being present with Ollie when necessary during his formative years as a player. It is a natural next step and exciting for Ollie to include FIA as part of his team going forward.”