Shanley Alum Johnson Leaving Legacy With NDSU Men’s Golf
Finishes Bison career fourth in strokes average and fifth in scoring average
FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State men’s golf just wrapped up their season with a third place finish at the Summit League Championships. It was the final tournament for Moorhead native and Shanley alum Lucas Johnson and did it by finishing in style.
NDSU men’s golf’s lone senior Lucas Johnson made his final walk up to the 18th green this weekend at the Summit League Championships at Sand Creek golf course marking the best career finish of 7th by carding 11 birdies and a score of 70.
In three career appearances, Johnson has never finished worse than 18th something the Moorhead native attributes to have so much familiarity with the course.
“Enjoying the competition. I think knowing the course is a strong suit,” Johnson said. “Luckily we’ve played their the last four years and just being comfortable with the course and my game. Knowing which way way the play is going. The way I swing, I like to take the left side out of play so it gives me a lot of confidence going in and then you just need the putts to go in.”
Not only did the Shanley alum cap off the Bison career with a top placement, he also leaves a legacy within the program. Johnson will see his name in the record books among the best finishing top four in stroke average and top five in scoring average. Achieving those accomplishments was all about keeping it simple.
“I’m honored. I absolutely love the program and love being here,” Johnson said. “Guess I didn’t really know about it until late this year and I was just trying to have some good times with the guys. Getting to travel the country and play some golf and luckily it was good golf so it’s tough to argue with results like that.”
As a two-time state champion with the Deacons and finding success in the college ranks, Johnson hopes the numbers he leaves pushes other Bison golfers to be there best in the future.
“Coming out of high school, I was use to being the top guy out there and coming into college realizing the level of talent that’s out there it’s a big step up,” Johnson said. “To go my four years and progress through all that and to see myself develop into one of those guys who can be chased.”