Notches Final Junior win Before Heading to Auburn
Fairhope’s Max Johnson came to the Goose Pond Colony’s Lake Course this week with one goal in mind – to win the final career of in his career – in this case the Alabama Boys State Junior Championship.
On Thursday, it was mission accomplished for Johnson, who will enroll at Auburn in the next few weeks as a member of the university’s men’s golf team. Johnson pulled away from a packed leaderboard with a final-round 67 to win the Alabama Boys State Junior Championship by four strokes.
Northport’s Davis Aaron and Mobile’s Gregory Jones finished second at 206, while Florence’s Justin Olive finished fourth at 207. Two other players were another shot back in fifth place at 208 in the Alabama Boys State Junior Championship.
“I accomplished all of my goals,” Johnson told the Alabama Golf Association. “I was finally able to put together a good round on the last day.”
Johnson opened the final round tied for the lead with Kenneth Okins of Anniston, but a total of nine players were within four shots of the lead. Johnson made six birdies in the first 15 holes to leave the field behind. By the time he made his only bogey on the 16th hole, he had a firm grasp on the the championship cup.
His 202 winning score was 14-under-par on the Lake Course.
Aaron closed with a 4-under 68 and Jones shot 2-under 70. Olive leapfrogged into fourth place with a 68 in the final round.
“I just tried to keep focus and stick to my game plan,” Jones said. “Shoutout to Max for playing real good, it was fun to watch.”
“The first day, when I shot a four-under 68, that was my best round ever,” Aaron said. “I just really built on that momentum and luckily hung on to post a pretty low number.”
Okins slipped to 73 in the closing round and tied for fifth place
By Alabama Golf News staff
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