Johnston sets new Montana record

Libby’s Ryggs Johnston tied for fifth place out of 212 male golfers between the ages of 15 and 18 in the IMG Academy Junior World Championships which were held on the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California from July 10 to13.

After matching score cards to break the five way tie, Ryggs brought home the sixth place trophy. This is the highest a Montana youth golfer has ever finished at the Junior World Championship tournament. Previously, Tom Swanson of Missoula tied for a 25th place finish in 2012.

Ryggs shot even par for the tournament with rounds of 71,72, 71, and 74 on the par 72 course playing at 7,202 yards. He was only four shots behind the tournament winner. This was Johnston’s eighth and final appearance at the tournament.

The IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championship is the largest international event in the world, boasting 1,200 participants representing 54 countries and 42 states.

Joey Moore from Billings and Tyler Avery from Kalispell also represented Montana well.  Moore tied 40th in the 15 to 18 year old division, and Avery tied for 87th out of 179 players in the 13 and 14 year old division.

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Johnston also recently finished in a tie for eighth place out of 156 15 to 19 year old boys in the 101st Western Junior Championships that was held at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Illinois from June 19 to 21.

There, Johnston shot 69 and 69 on the par 70 course playing at 6,793 yards. He was only five shots behind the leader going into the 36 hole final day. Due to heavy rains, after a 7.5 hour delay, the course was deemed unplayable so they had to use just the two day results.

(picture) Montana students at the Junior World Golf Championship