MONTGOMERY — Andrew Johnson had won the Baymont Inn and Suites Shootout for the past two years, but Friday night it was time for someone new to win the title.
Kevin Johnson defeated Marv Graber with a birdie putt on the 18th hole at Country Oaks to win the 2014 Shootout.
After Kevin Johnson and Graber were able to eliminate Andrew Johnson on the 17th hole in a three-way putt-off, the two remaining golfers moved to the 18th hole for a dramatic finish. Both golfers earned a par in four shots on the first attempt at victory. On the second attempt at the hole, Johnson found the green on his first shot and was in position to win with a short birdie putt.
“I knew I had to make it — it was probably a four or five footer,” Johnson said. “There was a little turn to it, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t leave it short like the other one.”
With only the hole in front of him to focus on, Johnson was able to survive nine grueling holes to come out on top in a warm-up to the 36-hold Baymont Inn and Suites Classic, which starts this afternoon.
“I played well,” Johnson said. “I hit the ball pretty solid to make par’s whenever I was supposed to and just hung in there. I came into this just trying to play each hole. There are a lot of good players that play in this, so you never know. I just played one hole at a time and try to make par and see what happens.”
Country Oaks hosted a Pro-am Friday morning and then the Shootout in the evening with a 5 p.m. start. A threat of rain put some doubt in the air if they were going to be able to play all nine holes, but the weather cooperated. The temperatures for the weekend will be plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the high 80s.