Lake Johnson Wins Chattanooga TPC

Lake Johnson Wins Chattanooga TPC


Bob Gary, Contributing Editor,

Bob Gary


So how would you celebrate if you’d just won your area’s most prestigious amateur golf title?

 “Making up homework,” said Chattanooga Christian School senior Lake Johnson, who missed some class time to play in the Chattanooga TPC, which he won Oct. 5 at Council Fire.

 “I’m a little behind, but it’s worth it,” he said.


2014 Chattanooga TPC Champion
Lake Johnson

In the morning semi-final match, Johnson held off a rally by Men’s Metro and Brainerd Invitational champion Matt Robertson for a 2-and-1 win. Then, that afternoon, Johnson broke fast and eased to a 7&5 win over Heritage High School junior Ben Rebne in the first TPC title match to feature two high-schoolers.

Rebne got to the final with a morning semifinal win over former Men’s Metro champion Cody Godfrey (6&4).

Next up for Johnson – the Tennessee Junior Cup matches, Oct. 18-19 at The Grove in College Grove, TN, then, in November, making formal his commitment to play his collegiate golf for UT-Chattanooga and Coach Mark Guhne.

Guhne would doubtless have liked what he saw of Johnson in the title match – birdies on five of the first six holes and a 3-up lead. For the 12 holes he played in the final, Johnson was 5-under-par.

“Ben hit it in there to about a foot at the first hole,” Johnson said, “and then I hit it to about two feet. That gives you a lot of confidence.”

In the semi-final, though, Johnson came closer to stubbing his toe than he did at any point in the championship. He was 4-under-par and 4-up on Robertson through 13, but then dropped three straight holes – he failed to get up-and-down from just off the green at the par-3 14th, lost the par-4 15th to Robertson’s birdie and lost the par-4 16th when his approach found a hazard.

“I’d hit some loose shots and gave 16 away,” Johnson said, “but I’d played well all day, I was still 1-up, and I know that, in golf, things can turn around as quickly as they can go south.”

That’s what happened at 17, where Robertson conceded the hole and the match after misfiring from the tee.

“[Council Fire’s] a hard golf course, and I played really well today,” Johnson said. “I’ve been working really hard, so it’s nice to see it come together.”