Schniederjans finishes as Dogwood runner-up
by MDJ staff reports
June 30, 2013 12:00 AM | 1626 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ollie Schniederjans closed out a second-place finish in the Dogwood Invitational on Saturday at Druid Hills Golf Club, finishing at 21-under 267.

The former Harrison High School standout and current Georgia Tech golfer stayed below 70 each day, shooting rounds of 63-69-67-68, but he was still seven strokes behind winner Michael Johnson, who finished with a 260.

The Auburn star didn’t make any mistakes, especially in the final two rounds, when he played bogey-free golf.

Johnson finished Saturday’s round with a 64 after shooting 63 Friday. After Johnson shot par on the first six holes, his eagle on the par-5 No. 7 got him going. He preceded to get four straight birds on 9-12 and added two more on 14 and 18.

While Schniederjans was consistent throughout the final round, shooting 34 on both front and back, he finished relatively strong on the back nine with birdies on 14, 15 and 18, and a bogey on 16 sandwiched in between.

“I’m pleased with how I played this week,” Schniederjans said. “Michael had a special week, and there’s nobody stopping him at 28-under. You have to tip your hat to him. The only way I would beaten him was to get a couple of breaks and make a couple of putts.”

Schniederjans’ former Harrison, teammate Michael Garretson, who is now playing for South Alabama, took seventh overall, finishing with a 71 for a 13-under 275. His only blunders were bogeys on 13 and 14, but he bounced back with birdies on 16 and 17.

Kennesaw State’s Jimmy Beck was in a five-way tie for 10th with a 278 after shooting 70 on Saturday. He had a tumultuous start with three bogeys on the first six holes, but he couldn’t do anything wrong afterwards. He birdied Nos. 9, 13 and 14 and had an eagle on 16.

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