Unlike Tuesday’s round, when the Georgia Tech sophomore and former Harrison High School standout birdied his first four holes on the back nine before finishing at 3-under overall, he opened Wednesday with a birdie at the par-4 No. 1 and played consistently the rest of the way. He sandwiched two more birdies on Nos. 12 and 17 around a bogey at the par-4 14th.
“I kept doing the same thing that I did (Tuesday),” Schniederjans said. “I hit everything pretty well on the front nine (Tuesday), but I didn’t really make any (putts) and came out with a 67.
“I was livid after getting nothing out of that round, because I was hitting it so well, but I feel better about this one because I came out of the back nine with some solid golf and finished well.”
That finish kept Schniederjans in contention for the NCAA individual championship, which will be decided today at the conclusion of stroke play.
Arizona State’s Jon Rahm remains atop the leaderboard at 7-under 133, with Central Florida’s Greg Eason and Arkansas’ Nicolas Echavarria a stroke back. Schniederjans remains tied for fourth with four others at 135.
Schniederjans’ round helped Georgia Tech rise to the top of the leaderboard with a score of 548. The Yellow Jackets sit one shot ahead of California, with Texas (550), and Alabama (551) also nearby.
The top eight teams after today’s round will advance to match play.
“Everybody has a chance out here,” Schniederjans said. “You always get good scores in the morning. I saw California moving up the scoreboard, so they were tearing it up. It was just a matter for us to hold on. I can’t control what other people are shooting. I just have to play my game and help my team.”
Schniederjans assisted himself and the Yellow Jackets over his final seven holes.
After his birdie on No. 12, he parred 13 after missing a 20-foot birdie try. He then missed the fairway on 14 and his approach landed in the bunker, resulting in a bogey.
Schniederjans’ tee shot on 15 hit the green, and he two-putted to par. His approach on 16 landed in the rough on the downslope of a hill, but his chip shot trickled down and stopped 5 feet from the hole, where he saved par.
Schniederjans stuck the landing a foot away from the hole on his second shot from the fairway at 17 to nab his birdie, then settled for par on 18.
“When I hit that second shot on 16, I knew I was screwed,” Schniederjans said. “I still wanted to shoot under-par for my round, so I regrouped and got it up and down for par. I was stoked with the birdie on 17 and really liked how I finished.
“The last few holes, 14 through 18, are playing really hard, so it was awesome to play 1-under on those. They’re long, and that’s why they’re hard. But this course suits our game. We’ll have to come out and shoot low (today) and try to get birdies to put ourselves in the best position possible.”