Johnson Wins Bloomer Open

Johnson carded nine-hole rounds of 34-31-34 to shoot a six-under par 99 and win the Chippewa Valley Golf Association's 27-hole Bloomer Open Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Golf Club in Bloomer.

Johnson, of White Bear Lake, Minn., made a triple-bogey seven on his third hole of the day. But the 36-year old made 11 birdies after that to win his first CVGA event of this season and second overall. His first CVGA win came five years ago, also at the Bloomer Open.

Neil Johnson of River Falls fired a three-under par total of 102 to take second place Saturday, while Ed Severson of Eau Claire, Mark Sperling of Lakeville, Minn. and Brian Tarnowski of Champlin, Minn. each shot even-par 105 to tie for third place.

Tarnowksi won the CVGA's season-opening New Richmond Open two weeks ago, and Sperling won the St. Croix National Open last weekend.

John Holdsworth and Trent Thacker of Eau Claire and Jon Miller of St. Louis Park, Minn. tied for 6th place with scores of 106. Dave Cardin of Eau Claire shot 107 to finish in ninth place. And John Severson, Josh Fizel and Donny Tichey, all of Eau Claire, and Brad Johnson of Burnsville, Minn., the CVGA Player of the Year last season, each carded 27-hole totals of 108 to finish in a four-way tie for 10th place.

Thacker was aided Saturday by a hole-in-one on the par-3, 189-yard 8th hole, struck with a four-iron. It was his first career ace.

After last season, which didn't see a single hole-in-one carded in a CVGA championship-flight event, a pair of aces have already been carded this season, through the first three tournaments. Last week, Joe Larson of Minneapolis made an ace, which helped him finish in a tie for fourth place at the St. Croix National Open.

Johnson rebounded from his triple-bogey to shoot a front-nine 34 Saturday, then got around the back nine in 31 for an 18-hole total of 65. He then shot one-under his second time around the front nine at Veterans Memorial for the win.

Through the first three tournaments of this season, Joel Johnson and Neil Johnson are tied atop the CVGA's season-long points standings with 40 points. Holdsworth, Sperling and Tarnowski are tied for third place with 30 points, and Duaine Olson of Luck sits in 6th place with 21 points.

The CVGA takes Memorial Day weekend off, then picks up action with the Dr. Emerson Spring Valley Open at the Spring Valley Golf Club June 3.