There’s nothing better than going into a break from the golf course with a win. That’s how Parrish golfer Cole Johnson wanted it to be. Johnson, 13, recently won the Innisbrook Junior Golf Classic by two strokes, shooting a 4-over 146 on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Johnson, who won his sixth tournament of the season. “I watched the pros play the Transition on that course, so it was really fun to play on the same course as they play on.”
Johnson defeated Bradenton’s Osama Khan (154), who finished in fifth place, and Landry Miller (164), who tied for 10th. Johnson said he’ll take a month off before entering another tournament, but he’s unsure which tourney he’ll play in.
The youngster said he was excited about his latest victory, but the win wasn’t easy.
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The course gave Johnson fits at times.
“The way the course lays out it is a lot tighter, and it’s difficult, but I kept making the shots that I needed to,” he said.
Swinging for success
Saint Stephen’s freshman golfer Connor Lynch recently finished 12 overall in the Doral-Publix Junior Classic at the Doral Golf Resort in Miami. Lynch shot a 6-over 216 in three rounds combined on the Red Course (par 70) at Doral. Lynch’s first two round scores of 72 and 75 earned him a spot in the championship flight. He shot a 69 in the final round. Out of 92 golfers from around the world, Lynch finished third among golfers from the United States.
“It was a cool experience,” said Lynch, who has played in the Publix-Doral for seven years, “because there aren’t many tournaments during the year where you can play with kids from all around the world.”
It was his best finish. Lynch was tied for 25th after two rounds, but the 69 in the last round vaulted him to 12th.
“In January, I’m going to start playing in (American Junior Golf Association) golf tournaments,” Lynch said. “I just want to continue playing great competition, and the AJGA has that.”
James Leadbetter of Bradenton also shot a 216 in the championship flight, while Richard Zhang of Bradenton finished with a 234 in the consolation bracket.
Ryan T. Boyd, sports writer, can be reached at (941) 745-7017.