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Alexandria 10-year-old Garrison Johnson almost advances to Augusta National through Drive, Chip and Putt competition

Johnson advances to a Colorado regional through two stages of Minnesota qualifiers.

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Alexandria 10-year-old Garrison Johnson advanced all the way to a Colorado regional qualifier in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition, where he almost secured the lone spot up for grabs through the regional for the competition that will take place during the 2021 Masters Tournament at Augusta National this coming April. (Contributed photo)

Alexandria 10-year-old Garrison Johnson recently wrapped up a long run through a Drive, Chip and Putt competition that took him within a couple points of qualifying for a final round at the storied Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Johnson started by qualifying at his home course at the Alexandria Golf Club where he finished first overall. That included a first-place finish in the drive category of the competition and first-place in the chip division.

The top three overall finishers advanced to a sub-regional qualifier at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo. Once there, Johnson finished second overall and first in the putting division.

That advanced him to the regional qualifier at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado on Sept. 19. Johnson finished second overall there too, tying for first place in the putting division.

Johnson tallied 140 total points at the regional qualifier. That was just behind the top finisher of 142, but only first place got to advance to Augusta National this upcoming April where the final Drive, Chip and Putt contest will take place at the Masters Tournament.

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“We are so incredibly proud of our son for his amazing accomplishments and the opportunities he has been able to experience,” Ashley Johnson, Garrison’s mother, said. “The Drive, Chip and Putt is a top-notch organization and we are incredibly thankful for their hospitality at each event.”

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Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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