Joey Johnson continued his great play yesterday with an opening round four-under 67 at the 54 hole Stroke Play Championship at Twin Oaks CC in Springfield. Johnson scorched the front nine with a five-under 30 but retreated a bit with a one-over 37 on the back and a 67. Johnson’s Missouri State teammate Brik Brauberger and Springfield native Jamie Hathcock finished one shot back with 68s on Monday. Thirteen players managed to match or beat the par of 71 at the tight Twin Oaks layout.
The field of almost 100 players will be cut to a low 50 and ties for Wednesday’s final round. This is the 17th playing of the Championship. Only Connor McHenry in 2007 won the Missouri Amateur and Stroke 17th Play championships in the same year. Johnson, winner of the last two Missouri Amateurs, is attempting to match that feat against a strong field that includes four past winners of the Stroke Play—Bobby Godwin, Wayne Fredrick, Brian Haskell, and Brad Nurski. Defending champion Skip Berkmeyer is not competing because of a prior commitment.