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Johnson adds to trophy collection with 13-15 Resorters championship

Chaska's Davis Johnson gets low to read the green on Saturday during the Resorters Junior 13-15 Division championship round. Johnson won his second consecutive title with a 3-2 win over Cole Harste at the Alexandria Golf Club. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Davis Johnson continued a family tradition on Saturday.

Johnson's older brother, Lincoln, has made deep runs into the Men's Championship Division and has a Junior 10-12 Division title in the Resorters Golf Tournament at the Alexandria Golf Club. His dad, Jeff, is a former champion in the Men's Executive Division.

So for Davis, who clinched his second straight Junior 13-15 Division championship, Saturday was just par for the course.

"The putter got a little hot at the end," said Johnson, a native of Chaska. "I didn't really make many mistakes on the front nine, so I was kind of steady-eddy through there."

Johnson defeated Cole Harste 3-2 for the championship win, shooting 3-over par over 16 holes.

"It's cool," Johnson said of going-back-to-back. "It's a fun time, and I can't wait to move up next year with the big boys. That will be fun."

Johnson's day started like Harste's: pars on Nos. 1 and 2 for an all-square deadlock. Johnson took his first lead when he birdied No. 3, and then he doubled his advantage with a par win on No. 4.

Harste returned within a hole when he birdied No. 6 for his first win of the day. And after Johnson and Harste swapped par wins on Nos. 8 and 9, respectively, Johnson had a 1-up lead to take into the turn.

Johnson bogeyed No. 10, but it was still good enough to win the hole and move to 2-up. Combined with a par win on No. 11, Johnson had his largest lead of the day at 3-up.

Harste made his run on Nos. 12 and 13, though. He birdied No. 12 to beat out Johnson's bogey, and then Harste parred No. 13 to top a Johnson double bogey.

"I kind of struggled on 12 and 13," Johnson said. "I hit one OB on 12 and hit it over the green on 13 to make for kind of an impossible up and down. I just kind of kept my cool and played smart coming in and ended up finishing it off."

Harste's quick spurt made for a one-hole difference, but Johnson ran away with things from there. After a par win on No. 14, Johnson carded a birdie on No. 15 for a 3-up advantage.

The lead became insurmountable after Johnson matched Harste's par on No. 16, and soon after he had a trophy to lift as a repeat champion.

And now with a year to prepare for the Men's Champion field, Johnson has a new challenge waiting for him. So will he be ready?

"I think so. It should be," he said. "We'll get it ready."

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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