Jessica Schneider '04 "On the Fast Track Toward the LPGA Tour"
October 7, 2005October 7, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "While golfer Michelle Wie recently turned pro at age 15, that was the age Jessica Schneider picked up her first club. But what she's done with it since then has astounded many," writes Julie Mullen in suburban Chicago's Courier News of Schneider, a 2004 DePauw University graduate. "The 23-year-old Elgin resident is on the fast track toward the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour, averaging scores of 75 per round... This fall, Schneider will enter her second year on the Professional Futures Golf Tour, the development tour for the LPGA."
The story notes that Schneider "holds DePauw's record for the lowest 18- and 36-hole rounds, with a 71 and 145, and the lowest career scoring average of 77.69. Schneider also was ranked the No. 1 Division III Golfer in 2004. Post-college highlights include a first-place finish at the 2004 Chicago Women's District Golf Association Championship, and receiving the 2003 Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Outstanding Achievement Award."
The text continues, "When her play took a dramatic turn for the better during college, Schneider decided to take a shot at the nation's hub for pro golfers in Lakeland, Fla. Last fall, she attended Q-school -- a four-day tournament qualifying her to enter the Futures Tour. 'Although I've been around golf my whole life, I didn't really start playing until I was 15,' Schneider said. 'After four years at DePauw University, my average dramatically improved from an 87 to 76. I decided to take the next step in my golf career and attend Q-School.'"Back