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Tyler Johnson claims Chattanooga Choo Choo crown
Photo: Jonathan Shuskey via Twitter @j_shuskey1
Photo: Jonathan Shuskey via Twitter @j_shuskey1

To quote the Glenn Miller classic, “there's gonna be a certain party at the station” for Knoxville, Tenn.’s Tyler Johnson, as the rising senior at Tennessee put together rounds of 66-72-68—206 (-10) to claim the 2021 Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational which concluded Wednesday Chattanooga’s Council Fire Golf Course.

Johnson began Wednesday’s final round at 6-under par, tied with Cincinnati junior Sam Jean(Greenwood, Ind.) in fifth place. The pair were two strokes behind second-round leader, recent Wofford graduate Ryan Marter (Columbia, S.C.) and former Middle Tennessee State golfer Spencer Provow (Murfreesboro, Tenn.).



Johnson quickly gained two strokes on the competition in his first four holes, with birdies on the par-5 second and fourth holes. A third birdie on the front side, on the par-5 ninth, gave Johnson a front nine 33 and pulled him even with Marter, who finished his first nine holes at 1-under-par.

On the inward nine, Johnson made up for a bogey on the par-4 10th hole with an immediate birdie on the par-5 11th. The Volunteer senior added one more birdie on the 14th, finishing his final round with a four-under-par 68. Marter and Johnson, playing in the last two groups, were neck and neck most of the afternoon until a triple bogey on the par-3 16th hole derailed Marter, who will play golf at Appalachian State next season. Johnson’s final round score of 68 was the only score in the 60s during Wednesday’s final tournament round.

After starting the final round in a tie for second place at 7-under-par, Cincinnati senior Clay Amlung (Louisville, Ky.) and Rutgers Junior Luke Wells Springfield, Ohio.) finished in the same position on the leaderboard, carding matching 71s (-1) to finish two strokes behind Johnson. While their final scores were the same, the two golfers came to those scores in very different ways. Amlung’s final round scorecard featured six bogeys, six pars, five birdies, and one eagle, while wells had a more conventional three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars.

Rounding out the top five on the leaderboard were Provow, who finished with a one-over-par 73 to finish in solo fourth place, followed by Jean, Marter and Trevecca Nazarene (NCAA DII) seniorBlain Turner (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), who all finished in a tie for fifth place at 6-under par.

Results: Chattanooga Choo Choo
1TNTyler JohnsonKnoxville, TN30066-72-68=206
T2KYClay AmlungLouisville, KY20064-73-71=208
T2OHLuke WellsSpringfield, OH20071-66-71=208
4TNSpencer ProvowMurfreesboro, TN10065-71-73=209
T5TNBlain TurnerMt. Juliet, TN10069-70-71=210

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54-hole stroke play national invitational with a 90- player field and no cut. An 18 hole open qualifier is held prior to the event for non-exempt players.

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