Johnson shoots 64, takes lead going into final round of Hudson/Weinstein Invitational


Garrett Johnson shot a seven-under par 64 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into today’s final round of the 53rd Travis Hudson/Bernard Weinstein Invitational at Musgrove Country Club.

Johnson, a Kimberly native who recently wrapped up his senior year playing golf at Mississippi State, has a two-day total of 130 after shooting a five-under par 66 in the opening round.

Johnson holds a one-stroke lead over Birmingham’s Clay Guerin, who followed up a 67 on Friday with a 64 for a 131 total. First-round leader Paul Murphy of Trussville is three-strokes back at 133, followed by Hoover’s Ethan Hagood (134), Birmingham’s Garrett Burgess (136) and Helena’s Blair Hamm (136).

Johnson, Guerin, Murphy and Hagood tee off at 1:30 p.m. today.

Last year’s winner Eli Marty of Cullman enters today’s final round tied for 15th at 142 after shooting a three-under par 68 on Saturday.

There are five championship flights, which sees golfers compete from the blue tees.

Smith Station’s Trevor Poole leads the Championship B flight at 143, followed by Jasper’s Chase Thompson and Dora’s Jay Hayes at 144.

In the Championship C flight, Jasper’s Cade Oliver, Birmingham’s Brent Borden, Muscle Shoals’ Brent Bishop, Huntsville’s Johnathan Nelson and Pleasant Grove’s Danny Simmons are tied for the lead at 149.

Six golfers — Jasper’s Matt Burnett, Dora’s Jeremy Willingham, Calera’s Chad Edgil, Hamilton’s Vess Hollingsworth, Pleasant Grove’s Taylor Simmons and Trussville’s Logan McCracken are tied for the lead at 153 in the Championship D flight.

Hamilton’s Garrett Fowler leads the Championship E flight at 158 with Dora’s Justin Blevins, Jasper’s Josh Morrow, Jasper’s Erich Wouters and Winfield’s Jason Norris each two strokes behind.

Curry’s Mike Elliott leads the first flight with a 143 total, one stroke ahead of Carbon Hill’s Jeff Burrough, Gooder Williams leads the second flight at 159, four strokes ahead of Fayette’s Paul Massengale and five strokes ahead of Jasper’s Zach Baker.

In the gold/combo flight, Decatur’s Harry Kirkland sits at 140, seven strokes ahead of the field.