Bears' Johnson Claims Missouri Amateur Golf Title
June 24, 2013
Coming off a standout freshmen collegiate season, Missouri State's Joey Johnson has kept right on rolling this summer, capturing the prestigious Missouri Amateur Golf Championship on Sunday (June 23).
Johnson topped University of Missouri golfer Ryan Zech, 7 and 6, in the 36-hole final match at Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas City. Seeded 32nd after shooting 76-75--151 in stroke play qualifying, Johnson won five matches in three days to earn his way into the final.
In the finale, Johnson grabbed his first lead on the seventh hole and never looked back. He led 2 up after 18 holes, 3 up after 25, and then won four of the final five holes to close out the match after 30 holes.
The Ozark native was dominant throughout match play, never trailing after the eighth hole in any of his matches and posting a stretch of 77 consecutive holes without trailing.
His other match results, in order, included wins over William Rosenfeld (3 and 1), Doug Albers (4 and 2), Jacob Fair (4 and 3), Drew Hatten (3 and 1) and Brian Haskell (3 and 1).
Johnson led the Bears with a 74.39 scoring average this past season, earned all-conference honors and was named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year.