Schniederjans got his wish Saturday.
Teeing off from No. 1 for his final round at Druid Hills Golf Club, the rising Georgia Tech sophomore and former Harrison standout eagled the par-5 seventh, ultimately leading him to a 67 for the round and an 11-under 277 performance for the week that tied for sixth overall.
A bogey at No. 8 didn’t deter Schniederjans, who came back with a birdie at the par-5 ninth and made the turn at 2 under.
Schniederjans navigated the back nine with similar precision, collecting four more birdies at 11, 12, 14 and 16 before a bogey at 17 cost him a stroke. His par on the par-5 18th gave him 33 on the back nine and kept him one stroke out of finishing in the top five for the tournament.
Overall, though, Schniederjans was pleased with the outcome and the way he played his final round.
“I hit the ball really well again and I just putted a little bit better than the other days where I didn’t shoot as low,” he said. “So, my score at this tournament each day was completely how I managed my game and how I putted.
“I had three good enough rounds, but the 73 in that third round doesn’t cut it. It threw me out of (winning the tournament). (Saturday), I was trying to get into the top five, or stay in the top 10, and I did that. I just need to be more consistent with everything. I can’t have a day where I have 36 putts. You can’t win a tournament like that. You can’t throw in that one day where you make nothing if you want to win, but that’s what happened to me (Friday).”
While the eagle at No. 7 got things going for Schniederjans, it was his putting on the back nine which led to his solid performance.
He drained a 15-foot par putt on No. 10, then sank a 20-footer on 11 for birdie. Another 15-foot putt on No. 12 moved him to 4 under for his round.
“I just kept plugging along and made some putts on the back nine until 17 and 18,” Schniederjans said. “I missed about a 2-footer at the most on hole 8 and made my first bogey, and I three-putted 17 for bogey. So, I only had two bogeys, and they were on three-putts on par-3s. I just have to continue to work on the putting. If you’re going to win golf tournaments, you have to putt really well. I’m doing OK, but I need to get over the hump.”
Ben Kohles shot 67 on Saturday and passed third-round leader Bruce Woodall — his Virginia teammate — to win the championship at 17-under 271.
Buoyed by an eagle at No. 7 for the second day in a row, Kohles finished two shots ahead of Woodall and Michael Kim. Woodall shot his tournament-worst 71 in the final round, with Kim coming in at 68.
Bobby Wyatt (274) and first-round leader MJ Maguire (276) rounded out the top five. Schniederjans joined Joey Garber at 277.