Albertson and Schniederjans know the 6,860-yard layout of Druid Hills Golf Club well, having played there the last two years, and they know they will be seeing plenty of birdie opportunities.
“It’s going to come down to whoever is on their game,” Schniederjans said. “You just have to be patient.”
Schniederjans, the former Harrison High School star, and Albertson will be in a talented field that includes Southern Amateur champion Peter Williamson. Their Georgia Tech teammates, Seth Reeves, Richy Werenski and Kell product Michael Hines, are also competing.
LSU’s Curtis Thompson and Trey Mullinax, who recently helped Alabama to the NCAA championship in Milton, will be at Druid Hills, too, as will North Florida’s MJ Maguire, back after placing fifth in last year’s Dogwood.
The Dogwood, first held in 1941, is an invitation-only tournament. Past winners include 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and noted Georgia amateur Tommy Barnes.
Schniederjans, an all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and third-team All-American, will tee off with Williamson and Abilene Christian’s Alex Carpenter. He’s looking to improve upon last year’s sixth-place showing at Dogwood.
Schniederjans said his short game has come a long way since his Georgia Tech career began two years ago, and he’s looking to use that to his advantage.
“You’re going to have a lot of birdie putts, that’s the big thing,” he said. “You have to be consistent with your wedges. This one is as mental as any tournament. When the course is easy, it’s just as challenging as the hard ones. You just have to make your birdies.”
Schniederjans’ Harrison teammate Michael Garretson, a South Alabama golfer, is returning to the Dogwood after missing the cut last year. Like Schniederjans, he stressed the importance of putting.
“Once you get on the green, the pins could be tricky,” said Garretson, who will be paired up with former Wake Forest golfer Charlie Harrison and Travis Williamson, a rising senior at Armstrong Atlantic State. “But you’re going to give yourself chances, and you need to capitalize on them.”
Hines has had a quiet first year at Georgia Tech — his best showing was 36th at the Linger Longer Invitational — but he said his short game has been clicking as of late, which should help this week.
But Hines, who will be with rising Vanderbilt sophomore Zach Jaworski and rising Cincinnati sophomore Emerson Newsome, said his success may hinge on how well he hits his driver, which has been inconsistent.
Rising Kennesaw State junior Jimmy Beck, who led the Owls with a team-low 72.4 stroke average this past season, was paired with former TCU golfer Sarosh Adi and rising South Carolina junior Caleb Sturgeon.
Brian Katrek, a Mableton resident who serves as a golf expert on satellite radio and other media outlets, will be in the first group to tee off, alongside rising Arkansas senior Joe Doramus and Atlanta resident Jeff Henderson.