Joey Johnson wins the Missouri Amateur
Joey Johnson from Ozark, Mo. defeated Ryan Zech of Kearney, Mo., 7 and 6 to win the 106th edition of the Missouri Amateur, contested at Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas, Mo.
Johnson, who plays on the Missouri State golf team, came into match play as the 32nd seed -- proving seeds can mean little in match play.
Ryan Zech, the No. 2 seed, who plays golf for The University of Missouri, knocked off Skip Berkmeyer, a three-time Missouri Amateur champion, 2 and 1 in their quarterfinal match. The match was all-square after 11 holes, but Zech pulled away with a win on No.15.
The final 36-hole match between Johnson and Zech started with Zech taking a 1-up lead after the first hole. Johnson, known for his steady and consistent play, birdied the third hole, bringing the match back to all-square. On the seventh hole, determination started to set in, and Johnson was able to pull away winning seven of the final 12 holes.
Doug Albers from Leawood, Kansas was the medalist of the two-day, 36-hole stroke-play portion of the championship, posting a 3-under 141. Zech finished at 142.