Chaska's Johnson wins Men's Execs title
Chaska’s Jeff Johnson had already had a pretty good Friday that preceded an even better Saturday for him on his way to a Men’s Executive Division Resorters title.
On Friday, Johnson punched his ticket to the semifinals in the evening with a birdie putt on the first playoff hole that beat Glenwood’s Michael Hanson in 19 holes. Earlier that morning, he was caddying for his son, Davis Johnson, when Davis sank a long birdie putt on 18 to advance to the championship match of the Junior 10-12 Division.
Johnson used a little bit of that same magic on Saturday as he beat division medalist Andy Petersen in the semifinals in the morning before downing Dave Carothers 2-1 in the championship. Carothers got to the finals by edging Nick Paulsen of Alexandria in a 1-up match in the semifinals on Saturday morning.
The tournament was extra special to him because his sons also did well. Davis was in the final match for the Junior Division 10-12 and Lincoln Johnson was the first flight winner in the Junior Division 13-15.
“Playing in the Resorters is the best week of the summer every year,” said Johnson who was playing in his fifth tournament.
Johnson ended up in the trap on No. 17 but was able to get up and down for par to take the hole and win the match against Carothers on Saturday. How did the victory feel?
“Unbelievable,” he said.
Johnson won the tournament as the 21st seed in the bracket after qualifying for the championship flight with an 80 during qualifying last Monday. He proceeded to prove that seeds really don’t matter too much in match play as he won five straight matches in picking up the title.
Johnson had to work for the wins all week. He won his first match over Chad Marlow 1-up before getting a 5-4 win in round two. His 19-hole win over Hanson on Friday also tested him in pressure situations, but he passed that test all week to capture his first Resorters championship.
Johnson plans to return next year to defend his title.
(Al Edenloff contributed to this story)
MEN’S EXECUTIVE DIVISION
Johnson def. Andy Petersen; Carothers def. Paulsen, 1-up
Johnson def. Carothers 2-1