NORTON — After all!
Following a plethora of top-10 finishes, proudly owning 5 second-place finishes, Derek Johnson in the end discovered a grin on his face after 72 holes of the Attleboro House Golfing Affiliation’s Open.
“It feels excellent — I hit the proper golf equipment, I hit the ball smartly,” the 57-year-old Johnson, by the use of King Philip Regional Top Faculty — elegance of 1980 and tutored by means of mythical trainer Mike Cosentino — stated after taking a six-shot lead on the flip onto the bottom of the Norton Nation Membership Sunday and parading previous a half-dozen contenders for the championship.
Johnson got here in with a last around of 5-over-par 76 for a four-day overall of 12-over-par 298, making a six-shot margin of victory over Norton Top-trained and College of Hartford sophomore Jared Winiarz.
With out even addressing his ball for the second one shot of the general around, Johnson became a one-shot deficit into the lead in his quest for the 59th Annual Attleboro House Golfing Affiliation Open right into a one-shot lead.
After simply two holes of play, Johnson owned a three-shot merit, all as a result of Scott Congdon had prompt his drives off of each the No. 1 and No. 2 holes on the Norton Nation Membership into hazards.
“I used to be hitting fairways and vegetables, that’s all that I used to be seeking to do,” Johnson stated of his methodical means. “For probably the most phase, I did that at the entrance facet. Then I more or less struggled coming in.”
With Congdon being assessed a one-stroke penalty on each and every miscue, then having to ink a double bogey on each and every of the ones holes, it lead the way for Johnson to observe his sport plan of secure play. Instead of a double bogey at No. 9, Johnson by no means allowed his merit to slide underneath 4 pictures over Congdon.
“The ones first two swings set the tone,” Congdon, the landlord of the 2014 and 2017 AAGA Opens stated. “I began going backwards. I didn’t know the place the ball was once going off of the tee — it was once tricky to attain.”
Congdon recorded his 3rd double bogey at the entrance facet, at No. 6, however controlled to creep again into competition at No. 9. At the 340-yard, par-Four journey, Johnson sprayed his moment shot over the golf green into the tough, then smacked the ball nearly laterally into extra tough terrain, completing with a double bogey.
Then Congdon parred No. 10, whilst Johnson sprayed his power left at the 350-yard, par-Five hollow and needed to accept a bogey.
However Johnson, dramatically, stoked his aggressive fireplace on the par-Three No. 12 hollow. Johnson was once in need of the golf green off the tee, then left his means shot six toes clear of the cup. With Congdon already having inked a par, Johnson rolled the ball into the cup for a par as smartly.
Then at No. 13, Johnson two-putted from 18 toes away underneath the cup for a par. Congdon, in the meantime, smacked his moment shot into the sand and needed to ink a bogey on his scorecard.
“I used to be hoping to make some birdies (none, with 11 pars),” Congdon persevered. “Derek performed forged, I couldn’t be happier for him,” Congdon stated. “I’ve performed with him such a lot of instances, this ultimate workforce — it’s excellent to peer.”
In the meantime Winiarz, who was once 13 pictures in the back of Congdon heading to the No. 1 tee on his house path, began to sizzle. He completed at 1-under-par 70 with 9 pars, 5 birdies and 4 bogeys, taking part in the bottom at 2-under-par 33 — with birdie putts all inside 15 toes at Nos. 10, 11, 12 and 14.
Winiarz, who has performed in some 10 tournaments this summer season, owned a season-best ranking of 68 on his house path. “That’s what I used to be seeking to shoot. Coming in right here, I knew that I may just shoot smartly. Realizing the historical past of this match, you play 4 days on 4 other classes, 4 various kinds of vegetables — you need to adapt.”
Congdon completed in a four-way tie for fourth position at 19-over-par 305 with Shawn Seybert (79 with 12 pars), Billy White (a medalist 69 with 11 pars, 5 birdies) and Jason See (77 with 13 pars).
“I by no means idea that I used to be in it,” Seybert, a Foxborough CC member stated of lending chase. He took a triple bogey at No. 2 and didn’t have a birdie. “I simply sought after to play secure; I’m a grinder, however that moment hollow let the air out.”
See, the Mansfield Top junior, had seven front-side pars. “I used to be hoping to get some birdies, however I couldn’t in finding one,” he stated, making the flip at 2-over-par 38, having entered the fourth day of play at seven pictures in the back of Congdon, the three-round chief. “After Foxborough (CC, the primary day) I assumed that I used to be in excellent form; I used to be constant all 4 days.”
Johnson had completed within the No. 2 spot within the AAGA Open in 2015 (to Davis Chatfield), in 2006 (to Bert Bouley), in 2005 (to Ryan Riley) and in 2001 (to John “Greenback” Renner).
However in 2019, Johnson earned the No. 1 spot.
Johnson tired a 25-foot uphill putt on the 150-yard, par-Three No. 7 hollow and stamped an exclamation mark on his first identify on the 385-yard, par-Four No. 17 hollow by means of lacing a 28-foot putt from the proper fringe and somewhat underneath cup in for every other birdie.
“That putt at the 12th (for par) was once a excellent one to make,” Johnson admitted. “I knew that when the ones first 4 holes (Congdon being 5-over-par), all I needed to do was once play my sport. I hit the ball smartly, I used to be satisfied the way in which that I hit it and I putted lovely smartly.
“I used to be slightly at ease — I used to be a bit of fearful firstly. However, as soon as that I began taking part in (and took the lead), I settled down. All I had to do was once stay the ball in entrance of me.
“In any case of the ones top-10s and runner-ups, in the end!”
59th Annual Attleboro House Golfing Affiliation Open
Ultimate around on the par-71, 6,560-yard Norton Nation Membership
Ratings and relation to par
Derek Johnson 74-79-69-76—298 +12
Jared Winiarz 77-83-74-70—304 +18
Scott Congdon 76-73-72-84—305 +19
Shawn Seybert 79-72-75-79—305 +19
Jason See 76-75-77-77—305 +19
Invoice White 77-82-77-69—305 +19
Geoff Burgess 72-72-78-81—307 +21
Ben Sapovits 81-76-74-76—307 +21
Dave Turgeon 80-77-76-74—307 +21
Kolby Simmons 75-81-74-77—307 +21
Peter Danko 77-74-77-79—307 +21
Mike Pyne 78-79-74-78—309 +23
Benjamin Grant 76-72-76-85—309 +23
Chad Bearce 77-77-73-84—311 +25
Michael Douilette 83-74-73-81—311 +25
Michael Philipp 79-80-71-81—311 +25
Michael Philipp 79-80-71-81—311 +25
Justin Guimond 77-78-77-79—311 +25
Mike Finocchi 84-74-74-80—312 +26
Anthony Duva 80-80-75-77—312 +26
Kevin Willwerth 77-82-73-80—312 +26
Mike Michel 76-74-86-77—313 +27
David Yurek 82-84-75-72—313 +27
Dan Tinkham 80-82-76-75—313 +27
Spencer Dumas 84-79-75-76—314 +28
Peter Mulkerins 84-74-77-80—315 +29
Steve Finocchi 79-78-73-85—315 +29
Bert Bouley 84-79-76-77—316 +30
Marc Forbes 83-83-73-78—316 +30
Neal Boyer 83-79-75-80—317 +31
Tyler Sinacola 78-82-78-81—319 +33
Daniel Bukoff 80-84-75-82-321 +35
Jim Devlin 80-80-80-81—321 +35
Ryan McGovern 86-76-83-78—323 +37
Brandon Nolan 84-80-78-81—323 +37
Jim Dickinson 85-78-81-80—324 +38
Mike Ferrell 84-80-87-75—326 +40
Brian Kronmiller 86-78-79-83—326 +40
Jason Hindman 88-78-77-84—327 +41
Roger Bousquet 74-84-78-92—328 +42
Sean McHugh 81-84-78-85—328 +42
Tim Murphy 85-82-77-84-328 +42
Grant Certuse 88-78-82-84-328 +42
Chris Hanson 81-82-83-84—330 +44
Matt Hogan 80-84-82-85—331 +45
Mark Metcalf 84-83-78-87—332 +46
Matthew Wasserman 89-77-81-86—333 +47
Nicholas Calderone 83-84-78-88—333 +47
Michael Nyhan 88-79-79-88—334 +48
Ethan Johnson 90-77-83-85—335 +49
Evan Dean 81-83-84-87—335 +49