Despite Friday’s round of 67 at Druid Hills Golf Club, Schniederjans is three strokes behind Auburn’s Michael Johnson, who took the lead with a 63, the lowest round of the day.
Schniederjans, who shot 63-69 in the first two rounds and took the lead into Friday’s round , now has 20 birdies — to just three bogeys — for the tournament. The Dogwood ends with today’s closing round, in which Schniederjans and Johnson will be paired together.
“I’m hitting it well,” he said. “My short game is good. I haven’t made any mistakes. I’m constantly giving myself chances. The first day, I made all the putts I should have. The last two days, I could have made more putts. My score (today) depends on a couple of putts here and there.”
Schniederjans’ former Harrison teammate, Michael Garretson, is tied for fifth after his third straight round of 68. The South Alabama golfer may be 1-over on the par-3 holes so far, but is more than making up for it on the longer holes. He’s 13-under combined on the par-4s and par-5s.
Garretson could have been closer to Schniederjans on the leaderboard, but he shot double-bogey 6 on the par-4 10th — a hole he parred in each of the first two rounds.
Also gaining is Anders Albertson, Schniederjans’ teammate at Georgia Tech. Aside from a first-round 72, where a triple bogey on the par-4 No. 4 played a major role, and a rocky start to the second round, he’s been bogey free for 31 holes. It helped Albertson improve to 68 in the second round, and to 67 Friday.
Kennesaw State’s Jimmy Beck is tied for 11th with rounds of 71-68-69. Beck has only one bogey in his last 36 holes — compared to eight birdies — and it came on 18 to end Friday’s round.
Former Kell star Michael Hines, another Georgia Tech golfer, didn’t have the same luck as his other local counterparts. He failed to make the cut after shooting 77-75-72. Thirteen birdies weren’t enough for him to catch up with the leaders, and four double bogeys for the tournament cost him.
Mableton’s Brian Katrek also missed the cut after shooting 78-77-75.