Walsh Jesuit junior Chase Johnson enters his second Division I state golf tournament on a tear.
“I think he is playing at the best level of anyone in the state right now,” Walsh coach Joe Denton said. “He has played in 11 18-hole tournaments this year, and he has been under par in seven of them. He has seven wins and is averaging 70.5 per round. That is under par. He has just been sensational. He had a great summer that started all of this.”
Johnson, a Barberton resident and Kent State recruit, won a district title last week.
“It feels great,” Johnson said. “I am really excited to be going down there again. The experience was great last year, and I couldn’t wait to work my way through the high school season again and get down there.
“Going into this as a district champion has my expectations higher. I have worked very hard on my golf IQ with my dad [Mel].”
Johnson also said that he has improved his ball striking and putting.
“Chase is a very nice kid,” Denton said. “He is captain of the team and is a great leader.”