LONGMONT, Colo. — Incoming freshman Allie Johnston rallied to post a 1-up victory in 36 holes at the Colorado Women’s Golf Association (CWGA) Match Play Championship, which concluded on Wednesday at The Fox Hill Club.
Johnston, the 2011 CWGA Junior Player of the Year, topped defending champion and Pepperdine standout Somin Lee by winning three of the final five holes to become one of the youngest winners in the event’s 97-year history.
The Castle Rock, Colo., native was 3-up after the morning's opening 18-hole round, but she trailed by two with five holes to play in the nightcap. Johnston claimed the advantage by winning the next three holes, an effort that was aided by a pair of three-putts by Lee. She then took the upper hand for good on the 34th hole with an approach shot that landed a foot from the pin, which she easily tapped in for a birdie.
Johnston maintained the lead on the 35th hole and closed out the victory on the final green with a four-foot par putt after she watched Lee miss a six-foot birdie attempt.
Johnston shot two-under-par over the final four holes to earn her third CWGA Championship (2011 Junior Stroke Play Championship/2012 Mashie Team Championship).
“I’m so happy,” Johnston told cogolf.org’s Gary Baines after the victory. “This has just really, really made my week. That was so much fun.”