MEADOW VISTA, Calif. (April 21, 2013) – Sam Johnston’s return to his home state of California proved to be quite the success for the Oklahoma Christian freshman.
Johnston posted his second individual career win by taking medalist honors in the Winchester Classic, closing with a final-round 2-under-par 70 to win over a field consisting of mostly NCAA Division I golfers at Winchester Country Club.
Johnston, from San Diego, finished the tournament at 7-under 209, two shots better than runner-up Glen Scher of California-Santa Barbara. Johnston’s strong showing helped the Eagles finish third in an 11-team field that included nine Division I squads.
After posting a 291 on Sunday, OC finished with a team score of 877, nine shots behind team champion California State-Fullerton and four behind tournament co-host California-Davis. The Eagles finished ahead of seven Division I squads – California-Santa Barbara, Sacramento State, Idaho, Long Beach State, Nevada, Fresno State and North Dakota.
OC was a late entry into the tournament, after the Eagles lost one tournament and had two others shortened this spring due to weather.
Johnston entered the round with a two-shot lead over Scher and teammate Vilhelm Bogstrand. Johnston struggled a bit on the front nine, playing it in 1-over, but sizzled down the stretch, shooting a 33 on the back nine. He closed his round with a birdie on the par-4 No. 17 and an eagle on the par-5 No. 18.
Bogstrand, a senior playing in his final collegiate tournament, recorded a triple-bogey 8 on the fourth hole and eventually finished seventh at 217 after shooting a final-round 76.
The Eagles’ other senior, Logan Herbst, exited in style, shooting a 1-under 71 on the 7,144-yard layout in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to move into a tie for 26th in the 58-man field at 225.
Alasdair Dalgliesh shot a 74 and finished at 231, tied for 37th. OC’s fifth player, Taylor Williams, did not play on Sunday.
Johnston’s previous tournament title came during the fall season, when he was the medalist at the U.C. Ferguson Classic at Lincoln Park Golf Club’s West Course in Oklahoma City.