Golf season is beginning, and Yorkton’s Kade Johnson is starting to get attention. The golfer finished first in the Arkansas Collegiate golf tournament, and his team also took home the prize. The tournament win got the attention of SaskSport, and he was a runner up for Athlete of the Month in March.
Johnson, who is attending Southern Arkansas University, said that he had a bit of an advantage as a local student, given that he was familiar with the course over the past three years attending the school.
“It’s a course that takes you a long time to figure out, so I knew I would have a bit of an advantage, but still there were a lot of good players, and the guy who got second is ranked third in the nation. There were going to be a lot of good players there, and I knew that if I played well I could get my first win.”
Three down after the first day, Johnson said that it was a course that allows you to make up shots quickly, so he focused on putting a good round together.”
The season started strong for the team, as they had been coming off a win in the first spring tournament of the year in Georgia before the home tournament.
Johnson said that he’s feeling strong about this season, with the next action coming this weekend, at the regional championship in Arkansas. They are aiming at the top six in the tournament, because that’s how they win a spot in nationals.
His first tournament in his home province in 2019 will be in Nipawin. He’s predicting it will have one of the best fields of the year, and is looking forward to compete there.
To be nominated by SaskSport is an honor for Johnson, because he knows how strong athletes are in this province.
“It’s pretty cool, there are a lot of good athletes in Saskatchewan. Mainly hockey players, so it’s nice to put a golfer on the board.”