Bears set for season-opening 15-team tournament at SIUE
The Bears used their best round of the tournament to finish on a high note.
The Bears were again led by freshman Joey Johnson, who's tied for 17th with 18 holes to play.
MSU freshman again leads the way for the Bears at Arkansas State.
The Bears shot 297-292--589 and are eighth of 20 teams after the first day.
2013-14: Second on the Bears with an average of 75.31 over all 32 rounds ... Shot 75-77-77--229 for 39th at the season-opening SIUE Invitational ... Carded 75-79-77--231 at the Weibring Intercollegiate to tie for 66th ... Tied for 19th at the John Dallio Memorial, where he had 73-81-76--230 ... Tied for 23rd the next week at UMKC with 74-77-73--224, which also led MSU ... Shot 75-82-76--233 for 53rd at Louisiana Tech ... Scored 72-73-76--221 at the Snowman Getaway ... Led MSU with 80-74--154 and a 36th-place finish at the weather shortened Argent Financial Classic ... Earn three consecutive ninth-place tournament finishes at the UALR/First Tee Intercollegiate (77-69-78--224), Memphis Intercollegiate (77-74-70--221), and TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate (73-71-75--219) ... Tied for 10th at the MVC Championship with his 78-71-75--224.
2012-13: After an outstanding collegiate season, continued his roll in the summer of 2013 by capturing the Missouri Amateur title in suburban Kansas City by winning five matches in three days ... Enjoyed a tremendous freshman year, earning Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year and all-conference honors after leading the team in scoring with a 74.39 mark ... Paced the Bears in seven consecutive tournaments and ended the season with three straight top-10 finishes, including seventh at the MVC Championship, where he shot 74-77-70 ... Was remarkably consistent, finishing inside the top 15 at eight of the team's 11 tournaments ... Made an immediate impact in the fall tying for 13th in his first and last outings, shooting 75-74-77--226 at Nebraska and 72-70-77--219 at Austin Peay...Also tied for 15th at the Weibring Intercollegiate by recording 77-77-69--223 ... Opened the spring with a tie for 12th at Rice after an opening-round 69 to go with 72-76--217 ... Placed sixth at the Snowman Getaway in suburban Phoenix after a career-best 68 in the final round gave him a 214 total, also a career best ... Shot another 214 (73-70-71) and tied for seventh at Arkansas State and finished 10th at Louisiana-Monroe after carding 75-77-73--225.
Background: The fifth-rated senior in Missouri according to theNational Junior Golf Scoreboard who won the William Jewell and Blue Ridge Christian Invitationals as a senior while competing for Christ Prep Academy in Kansas City ... Quarterfinalist at the Missouri Junior Match Play in 2010 and 2011, while finishing second and fourth, respectively, at the 2010 and '11 Missouri Junior Amateur...Also placed fifth at the AJGA Bass Pro/Payne Stewart Junior Championship in 2011.
Personal: Born Sept.1, 1993 ... The son of Brad and Carol Johnson ... Major is undecided.