ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Sophomore Mike Johnson shot a collegiate low round of 69 (-2) to lead the La Salle golf team to its best team score in five years at this weekend's Navy Fall Classic at the Naval Academy Golf Course. Johnson placed fifth, four shots off the lead, and the Explorers carded a second round score of 295 (+11) to finish ninth in the team scoring.
Johnson's score of 69 bests his 70 he shot in the second round of the Big 5 Invitational in October, 2010. After a 73 on Saturday, his 69 on Sunday was the second best score recorded on the day. His two round score was an even par 142.
As a team, La Salle's 295 was the best score since September, 2006 when the Explorers also shot a 295 at the Bucknell Bison Invitational. Combined with a 307 on Saturday, the two-round score of 602 (+34) was just 10 shots out of the top five. La Salle also bettered A-10 rivals Saint Joseph's (612, 10th) and George Washington (622, 11th).
Delaware (570, +2) shot the day's low score of par (284) to force the first playoff in the 18-year history of the Navy Fall Classic. Delaware (570, +2) and Lafayette, who held a 3-stroke advantage heading into the final round, entered into a 10-man sudden death playoff with the best four out of five scores counting. The teams headed out to the eighth hole where three Lafayette players and two Delaware golfers played the hole and sat upon the hill waiting for the second group to come through. At the end of the hole, Delaware was declared the winner by virtue of four par scores with Lafayette finishing as the runner-up.
Playing in his first-collegiate tournament, Navy freshman August Jonas shot a two-round score of 4-under par 138 to earn medalist honors.
La Salle returns to the links on September 25-26 at the Leo Keenan Invitational hosted by St. Bonaventure.