Johnson competes in Kansas vs. Nebraska Junior Cup
Broken Bow senior Tanner Johnson didn't have the typical high school kid summer. In between his summer job and hanging out with his friends, he managed to fit in a summer full of golf. Most recently, Johnson competed in the Kansas vs. Nebraska Cup, played earlier this month at the Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhatten, Kan. This is a "Ryder Cup" style competition that pits each state's top golfers against each other for a team match play. "It was a great experience," Johnson said. "I was the last one to get picked and I got to play with a lot of division one recruits." The competition featured two team match play rounds followed by a singles match play round. In the end, Kansas came away with a 8.5-7.5 victory. In round one, Johnson teamed up with Reid Wiebe to take on Colby Yates and Zach Kirby. Yates and Kirby came away with the 3 holes to 2 victory. They started out strong, going up by 3 through the first six holes. Johnson and Wiebe brought the match to within a hole three different times, but were unable to draw even before Yates and Kirby won the 14th and 15th hole to finish the match in 16 holes. Johnson teamed up with Rylee Reinertson in the second round, winning that round by two holes. They went against Yates and Kirby again. Yates and Kirby took control of the first four holes, but then Johnson and Reinertson gained control on the fifth hole and never trailed again. Johnson went solo for his third and final round, losing 3 holes to 2 at the hands of Ben Hargrave. It was all square going into the fifth hole before Hargrave won the 5th, 6th and 7th holes to go up 3. It was a lead Johnson couldn't recover from. In the end, Kansas won the Cup 8 1/2 - 7 1/2. "I just couldn't get anything going," Johnson said. "It was a course where you had to hit your spots or else you were in big trouble. I wasn't hitting my spots. It was probably the worst rounds of golf I've ever played." Over the summer, Johnson also traveled to Arizona and other courses around Nebraska to play in tournaments. "It's really hot down there (Arizona)," Johnson said. "The courses are really dry, so that was different, but it was good to get down there and play some golf." Despite what he considers poor play, Johnson is glad he got the experience to play with and against some tough competition this summer. "It was pretty awesome," Johnson said. "I got to play against some of the toughest competition in the state and that is only going to help me going into next season."