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May 13, 2014

Golf: Mortimer Jordan's Garrett Johnson ties for second at state tournament


Morti­mer Jordan golfer Garrett Johnson stayed on an even keel for the first 33 holes of his play in the AHSAA Class 5A Boys Golf Championship.

But it was the last three holes of the final round that sealed his fate, and kept him from bringing home a state individual title.

Johnson finished in a four-way tie for second place, four shots behind Zac McCurdy of Fort Payne with a 1-under for the tournament. 

After coming into the final three holes at even par, Johnson had a bogey at the 16th, then a double bogey on the finishing hole. That gave him a 3-over-par 147 on the Legislator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill course.

Johnson started off his first round in fine form, scoring birdies on the par-3 third hole and the par-5 fifth. He gave back a stroke with a bogey on six, then went back to even just after the turn with another bogey on the 10th.

Another birdie on a par-3, this time on the 16th, put Johnson back in red numbers. But he gave the stroke right back with a bogey on 18 to end the round with an even-par 72.

On Tuesday, Johnson lost a stroke with a bogey on the seventh to go to 1-over. But he then shot ahead with back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th to put him back in the hunt.

That’s when the trouble began, as the 160-yard par-3 16th that had been kind to Johnson on Monday turned unkind on Tuesday.

And then on 18, where he dropped a shot going into the clubhouse on the first round, Johnson carded a six on the par-4, 388-yard hole.

McCurdy was the only golfer to shoot under par on Tuesday's round. He went into the day tied with Johnson in fifth place.

Johnson tied with James Medley of Athens, Cole Skaggs of Fort Payne and Jesse Childress of Lawrence County. Skaggs and Childress were tied for the lead at 2-under after the first round.

Johnson was the third golfer in Blue Devil history to make it to the state tournament. Kyle Sapp was a three-time qualifier several years ago; he’s now playing on lower-level professional tours after a strong career at UAB.

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