Travis Johnson Wins First Professional Tournament

Sept. 19, 2005

Former UCLA All-American Travis Johnson won his first professional golf tournament, capturing the Daikin America North Alabama Classic on Sept. 18.

Johnson fired rounds of 72-65-64-67-268 (-16) at Burningtree Country Club to win the tournament by two strokes.

Johnson, who graduated in 2004, collected $27,990. He turned professional last summer and has been playing the mini tour circuit ever since. This fall he will attempt to earn his PGA TOUR card by participating in the Tour's annual Qualifying School tournament.

'I'm excited about the win,' said Johnson. 'I've worked hard all year. I'm glad to see it pay off.'

Johnson, 24, began the final round two shots behind Zimbabwe's Bruce McDonald, who posted a course record 63 in the third round. In the final round, Johnson recorded five birdies and a bogey, but the clincher came at the 15th hole when he made par from a tricky lie behind the green.

'...the ball landed in an area full of pine combs and pine straw,' he recalled. 'I don't know how, but I saved par and felt pretty good with three holes to go.'