Daren Johnson probably is a little sad to see 2022 coming to an end.
Johnson, who is from Covina and Holy Names University in Oakland, claimed his third title of the year by three points over Josh Goldstein of Las Vegas under the Modified Stableford scoring system in the Southern Nevada Winter Classic at Cascata Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev.
“I wish we weren’t going into the offseason because I’m playing much better at the end of the year,” said Johnson, whose stroke-play score was 72-79—151. “But in 2023, I’ll definitely stick to the game plan which is not being so hard on myself. I know I’m going to make mistakes but at the same time I want to maximize my scoring opportunities.”
Among Johnson’s other titles are the 2017 Nevada State Amateur, the 2018 Nevada State Mid-Amateur and the 2018 Nevada State Match Play.
Johnson, who also won the Southern Nevada Tour Championship early in December and the Southern Nevada Golf Association Tour Stableford Championship at Coyote Springs in September, posted a Stableford score of 22-11—33, while Goldstein, the 2021 Nevada State Amateur champion from Las Vegas, was second at 17-13—30, followed by Scott Lytle of Las Vegas at 16-13—29, Andrew Hawk of Henderson, Nev., at 16-12—28, and Kevin McEvoy of Las Vegas at 16-9—25.
Sam Baral of Las Vegas was sixth at 13-10—23, while Ryan D. Bolton of Las Vegas shot 15-5—20 to tie for seventh with Jerry Ledzinski of Carmel, who finished at 19-1—20, while Aarjav Patel of Las Vegas was ninth at 12-7—19, followed by Brandon Lyon of St. George, Utah, at 13-1—14.
Jed Shreve of The Woodlands, Texas, shot 18-12—30 to tie for the Senior Division title with Todd Roberts of Las Vegas, who also wound up at 18-12—30, but Shreve claimed the title in a card-off.
David Koch of Henderson, Nev., was third at 14-10—24, while Gordon Schiring of Mesquite, Nev., finished at 15-5—20 to tie for fourth with Steven Fink of Las Vegas, who wound up at 18-2—20, and Ed White of Las Vegas was fifth at 14-3—17.
Fred Brown of Las Vegas claimed the Silver Division title with a score of 11-7—18, followed by Bruce Chamberlain of Elko, Nev., at 7-10—17 and Brian Link of Las Vegas at 12-4—16, while Tony Troilo of Las Vegas shot 15-5—20 to tie for fourth with Kent Samuel of The Woodlands, Texas, who came in at 14-1—15.
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