North Bend's Kyle Johnson Signs With Oregon Men's Golf

Nov. 14, 2000

EUGENE, Ore. -- Kyle Johnson of North Bend, Ore., has signed a national letter of intent to play golf for Oregon next fall. Johnson, North Bend High School's starting quarterback and a first-teamer on the basketball squad, is a former all-state golfer with a handicap under two.

'I'm very pleased we signed Kyle,' said Oregon coach Steve Nosler. 'He is a tremendous athlete and has a lot of promise as a golfer. He's also got about a 3.75 GPA and high SAT scores which makes him the entire package you look for in a recruit. He's a terrific addition to our program.'

Last spring, Johnson had a pair of wins and a top three finish for coach Rich Armstrong at North Bend. After the prep season finished, he continued his strong play by winning the OGA State Junior championship, and had top four finishes at the USGA Junior Amateur Qualifier, the OSAA State Junior championship, the Southern Oregon Junior and the Peter Jacobsen Junior tournaments.

In national competition, Johnson finished seventh out of 240 at the 2000 Junior World Championships, shooting a 71-65-76-72-284. The round of 65 tied the Torrey Pines course record.

'Kyle is a great player with tremendous room for improvement,' said Armstrong. 'He can score. I would put him against anyone in match play. He is a great raw talent.'

Nosler said Johnson is the only golfer he will sign this fall. Oregon loses only two seniors, T.J. Duncan and Matt Genovese, off the 2000-01 squad.

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