After birdieing nine holes Wednesday, Schniederjans missed the mark a few more times in the second round. He bogeyed two holes and had just five birdies at Druid Hills Golf Club.
Overall, scores were higher Thursday.
“The conditions were much different,” Schniederjans said. “It was windy and swirling. The weather was a factor and they changed some of the tee boxes and the pins, so it played like a different course (Thursday).”
Schniederjans said the key for him was hitting the ball well, particularly with his irons.
“My irons were awesome, and that gave me a lot of chances,” he said. “I wasn’t getting my putts to drop, but I was right there all day. I gave myself a chance to shoot about a 65, but I didn’t get all the putts to go down.”
Looking toward the weekend, Schniederjans is aiming for another sub-par round today.
“I need to keep shooting low,” he said. “If I have the low round of the day (today), I will probably increase my lead, so that is my goal.”
Following the first two rounds, nearly one-third of the field remains under par for the tournament. The field will be reduced to the top 40 and ties following today’s round.
Michael Garretson, a South Alabama golfer and Schniederjans’ former teammate at Harrison, matched his opening-round score with another 68 for a two-round total of 136.
Kennesaw State’s Jimmy Beck moved up the leaderboard with a 68 and is seven strokes behind Schienderjans with a 139. Michael Hines, a Kell product and current Georgia Tech player, is three over with a 145.
Auburn’s Michael Johnson (133) is in second, a stroke behind Schniederjans. North Carolina high school standout Ben Griffin, who was the opening-round leader after shooting a course-record 61, fell into a tie for third Thursday after a 73. Also in third are Alabama’s Tom Loveland and Georgia State’s Davin White.