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Libby's Johnston bows from U.S. Amateur

by The Western News
| August 25, 2023 7:00 AM

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — Libby native Ryggs Johnston lost his Round of 32 match at the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship on Aug. 16, 1-up.

Johnston, an Arizona State standout, won in the round of 64. It lasted three extra holes.

In the Round of 32, Johnston’s match with Auburn golfer Carson Bacha was back-and-forth. Johnston was 1-up after birdieing No. 1, one down after six, drew even on No. 8 and then was two down going to 12.

He birdied that par-3, as well as the par-3 15th and par-4 16th to draw even. The match was decided when Bacha made bogey on 18 while Johnston made double-bogey. He shot an even-par 71 at Cherry Hills Country Club.

Johnston, who won four Montana State individual championships for the Loggers, became the second Sun Devil men's golfer in program history to earn Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year earlier this year.

Johnston is the first Sun Devil of the 2022-23 athletic year to earn a Scholar-Athlete of the Year in a specific sport.

Johnston has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in business management. He graduated in May with his business management degree and a certificate in sports business.