Johnston reaches round of 16 at OGA State Amateur Championship

OC's Sam Johnston won two matches Monday in the OGA State Amateur Championship.
OC's Sam Johnston won two matches Monday in the OGA State Amateur Championship.

OWASSO, Okla. (July 21, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian standout Sam Johnston won two matches on Monday to advance to the round of 16 in the annual Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship at the Patriot Golf Club.

Johnston, a rising junior from San Diego and a two-time NCAA Division II All-America second-team pick, earned the 15th seed in the tournament and opened by beating 50th-seeded Braden Ricks of Shawnee 2 and 1 in a morning match.

On Monday afternoon, Johnston downed 47th-seeded Michael Hughett of Owasso – who has won 16 OGA championships and is one of the state’s top senior players – 3 and 2.

Johnston will face one of the state’s best junior players on Tuesday morning, squaring off against Austin Eckroat, who won the Class 6A high school title in May to cap his freshman season at Edmond North High School. With a win, Johnston would play in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday afternoon.

The semifinals and title match are scheduled for Wednesday.

One other OC player appeared in the tournament – incoming freshman Ty Tamura of Edmond, who lost 5 and 4 to Mason Keller of Tulsa in the first round.