Schniederjans shot a 2-under 70, giving him a two-round total of 137 and placing him third. He is only four shots off the pace set by Bruce Woodall, a recent Virginia graduate who shot 64 to go to 11-under 133 for the tournament.
Woodall overtook the first-round leader, North Florida’s MJ Maguire, who is one shot back after a 68 Thursday.
Schniederjans’ two former Harrison teammates in the field are further back. Michael Garretson shot his second 74 and is tied for 49th, while Cameron Simmons shot 75 and is tied for 66th at 8-over 152.
Teeing off from No. 10, Schniederjans started well with three consecutive birdies at 14, 15 and 16, but his momentum fell midway through his round with a bogey at No. 17, and then two more after the turn, on Nos. 1 and 5. He recovered down the stretch with birdies on two of his final three holes to go 2 under for the round.
“I made some really stupid mistakes in the middle of my round,” Schniederjans said, “but I kept it together and kept my head in it and kept plugging along. My putting wasn’t as strong (Thursday), and I really struggled out there. I was 3 under through seven, and then I just really struggled until the last three holes, and I got it back. So, it was a good day.”
Garretson, a rising sophomore at South Alabama, had the earliest tee time among the former Harrison standouts, beginning his round at 8 a.m. from No. 10. Just like his round from Wednesday, Garretson bogeyed his first hole but he recovered later, and was even-par through 14 holes before a double bogey on No. 6 and bogey on No. 7 kept him from a solid par round.
“I started off the round with a three-putt on the first hole, and that kind of woke me up,” Garretson said. “I started hitting the ball really well and just missed some short putts. I hit to about 10 feet on 14, and 18 for eagle, and missed both of them, but I got two putts for birdie.
“Overall, it was all right. I hit the ball really well, and I have something to look forward to (Friday).”
Simmons, a rising senior at Akron, also didn’t start well. He bogeyed three of his first five holes and added a double bogey at the par-3 eighth to make the turn at 4 over. He responded well later in his round and finished the back nine at 1-under.
“I got off to a pretty rough start on the front nine,” Simmons said. “There were two easy par-5s there, but I didn’t hit the ball in the fairway. I didn’t really make any putts or anything. I just didn’t really put it in good scoring positions. My 1-under back nine was decent, I guess, but I’m still not where I want to be in this tournament. I’m not too happy with 75, but it is moving in the right direction.”
The field will be cut to the top 40 and ties after today’s round, leaving Simmons and Garretson with some work to do to move up the leaderboard.
“I’ve gotten off to a rough start in both rounds and I’m not hitting it well,” Simmons said. “It’s pretty tough to come back when you’re doing that all day. I just have to work on it and try to get into a better groove, I guess.”
Garretson also sees ways he can improve and keep playing into Saturday’s round.
“I just need to keep hitting it how I have been and make a few putts,” he added. “I just need to have a better putting round, and I can shoot a couple under and make the cut. Those eagles are definitely out there.”
Garretson will tee off today at 8:14 a.m. from No. 10, while Simmons will begin at 9:08 from No. 10. Schniederjans will be in the lead threesome with Woodall and Maguire, teeing off at 10:06 a.m. from No. 1.