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OC’s Johnston finishes 39th at Patriot All-America Invitational

OC sophomore Sam Johnston finished 39th in the Patriot All-America Invitational.
OC sophomore Sam Johnston finished 39th in the Patriot All-America Invitational.

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (Dec. 31, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s Sam Johnston shot a 8-over-par 78 on Tuesday in the final round of the Patriot All-America Invitational and finished 39th, in the upper half of the 83-man field.

Johnston, a sophomore from San Diego, entered the round only three shots out of the top 10 but struggled on the 6,982-yard layout at the Gold Course at The Wigwam. He bogeyed five of his first 10 holes, rallied briefly with a birdie on the par-4 No. 12, then posted four straight bogeys.

He finished at 12-over 222 in the all-star event that features All-Americans from the previous season in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as All-Americans from the NAIA, NJCAA and American Junior Golf Association ranks. Last spring, Johnston became OC’s first Division II All-American in any sport, earning second-team honors.

Johnston was the only golfer from a Heartland Conference school invited to play in the tournament.

Kyle Westmoreland of Air Force sunk a 3½-foot birdie putt to defeat Toni Hakula of Texas in a six-hole playoff after both players finished the regulation 72 holes at 5-under 205.

The tournament benefits Folds of Honor, a charitable organization that provides college scholarships for children and spouses of U.S. military service members who are killed or disabled while serving in the nation’s armed forces.