ARAB — Garrett Johnson, who recently shot a 7-under-par round to win the Jefferson County Schools Championship, fired a 1-under 71 Monday and was the low individual at the AHSAA Class 5A boys sub-state qualifier.
The Mortimer Jordan sophomore carded two birdies and a bogey on the front nine at Cherokee Ridge, then shot par on every hole of the back nine.
“I just tried to play it as smart as I could,” Johnson said. “I tried to pick apart the golf course hole by hole. I bogeyed a par-3 because I pulled the wrong club out of my bag.”
It’s the first time any Blue Devil golfer has qualified for the state tournament, which will be played at Capital Hill in Prattville, a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail course.
Johnson has played the course before in a tournament.
“I shot an 84 in the first round, then came back and shot a 71 in the second,” he said.
Johnson is no stranger to very low scores. His personal record is a 10-under 62 at Cumberland Lakes in Pinson.
“I’m a member there. I’ve played maybe 400 or 500 rounds on that course,” Johnson said.