Professional golfers have lots of sponsors, but in the case of Ollie Schniederjans, one of his sponsors has pretty close ties to him.
Mr. Schniederjans, who turned pro at the July 23-26 RBC Canadian Open, is sponsored by Atlanta-based timber manager Forest Investment Associates. His mother, Linda Schniederjans, is accounting manager-funds and international investments at the firm.
It's not just family ties that led to the sponsorship — Mr. Schniederjans can play. He received the Mark McCormack Medal, awarded by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, for ranking first among amateur golfers worldwide in 2014. He tied for 42nd at the U.S. Open in June and also tied for 12th at the British Open last month, with a tournament score of 9 under par.
Forest Investments, which has $4.3 billion in assets under management, adjusted Ms. Schniederjans' work schedule so she could attend her son's tournaments during the eight years she's worked at FIA. The sponsorship began the week of July 27.
“I definitely was able to take my work wherever I needed to be,” Ms. Schneiderjans said in an interview from the Quicken Loans National PGA tournament held July 30-Aug. 2 in Gainesville, Va. “Everyone (at FIA) has been very accommodating, and technology being as amazing and wonderful as it is, I was able to be johnny-on-the-spot and get my work done.”
Of the sponsorship, she said, “It's a win-win for everyone.”