Rallying Late, Alex Johnson Wins The Fresno State Lexus Classic In A Playoff
March 8, 2011
Fresno, Calif. - Finding himself down one stroke with one hole to play, senior Alex Johnson birdied the 54th hole of competition to send the Fresno State Lexus Classic into a playoff scenario where the Tucson, Ariz., native needed five holes to capture the championship. From 20 feet away, Johnson sunk a birdie put on the fifth hole of the playoff to take home the victory on Tuesday, March 7. Leading after day one, Johnson held off UC Irvine's Bryan Harris to take home his first tournament championship of the season.
The tournament championship was the second of Johnson's career as he also won Bill Cullum in October of 2009 as a junior with a blistering opening round 66 on his way to a three-round 207 total.
In addition to securing his own individual place at the top of the standings, Johnson's birdie on 18 gave Pacific the stroke it needed to take home second place in the 16-team tournament. The Tigers finished the 54 hole, two day tournament at +29, 1,109, one stroke ahead of No. 19 Duke. No. 7 San Diego State took the tournament championship home as the Aztec finished just 3-over par with a team score of 1,083.
After a tournament-best 66 in round two, Johnson battled a shakier day two and final round as the senior tallied a trio of bogeys, including a tough double-bogey on 13, in round three to close out the tournament with a +1, 73. Despite the few miscues, Johnson held tough, tallying birdies on 7, 10 and 18 to force the playoff. The birdie on 18 was the third of the tournament for Johnson as he took advantage of his distance off the tee on the 586 yard, par 5 to score a stroke in each of the three rounds.
Sophomore Alex Edort finished the final round of the tournament with Pacific's top score for the day as the Somerset, N.J. native came into the clubhouse with an even-par, 72. With his finish, Edfort closed out play in a tie for No. 16 in the individual standings as he shot a +5, 221 over the three rounds.
The Tigers will be back in action on March 20-22 when they travel to Ballground, Ga. to take part in the Callaway Collegiate Match Play tournament.
|2||Pacific, U of||375||366||368||1,109, +29|
|1||Alex Johnson||71||66||73||210, -6|
|T16||Alex Edfort||78||71||72||221, +5|
|T23||T.J. Bordeaux||73||74||75||222, +6|
|T39||Patrick Kucich||74||76||75||225, +9|
|T71||Dan Garcia||79||82||73||234, +18|
|T92||Matt Ogden||81||79||85||245, +29|