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U.S. Jr. Amateur Qualifier Winner

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2012 NDHSAA Class A champion Riley Johnson advanced to the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Johnson goes to West Fargo High School and shot two-over par, 146 at the Fargo Country Club.

Johnson lead the first round with 74, and finished the day with par of 74. Zachary Sackett of Winnipeg earned the first alternate position.

"It feels so good!  I mean, I don't know, I am almost speechless.  After the first round I felt like I was in a good position.  I started poorly in the second but after a few birdies I really felt good.  my fellow competitor, Steven, and I were neck and neck going into the back nine and then I just turned it on.  I played really well on the final few holes." Johnson says.

"I've heard from a lot of people that the championship is amazing.  Today I played how I hoped and am honored to win the qualifier!" Johnson continues.

Johnson is now moving on to a National Championship in his young career. 

"Moving on to the national championship is awesome!  Last year, I advanced to the national Big I Championship in Texas so I learned a lot there.  Last years state high school championship was huge.  I gained so much confidence; it helped me to finish and not get worked up.  My coach encourages me to stay calm and collected which helped today.  I gathered my thoughts and made sure not to think to far ahead."  

Round One Results
Riley Johnson, Fargo, N.D. - 74-72--146
Zachary Sackett, Winnipeg, MB - 75-75--150
Steven Young, La Salle, MB - 78-73--151
Lucas Johnson, Moorhead, Minn. - 79-81--160
Nick Myhre, Rolette, N.D. - 84-76--160
Jack McClintock, Rugby, N.D. - 80-82--162
Jake Deforest, Bismarck, N.D. - 81-81--162
Cole Johnson, Fargo, N.D. - 82-82--164
Dakota Waverek, Staples, Minn. - 87-81--168
Izac Silagy, Winnipeg, MB - WD-WD--WD


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