Davis Park golf pro has ‘Dream Come True’


By Catherine Garrett Clipper sportswriter Farmington’s Zach Johnson, who has been the assistant golf professional at Davis Park Golf Course for 10 years, has qualified for the PGA Championship – one of the sport’s four major championships and Johnson’s first PGA tour event. This year’s tournament will be held at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri Aug. 9-12. “It felt great!” he said. “It’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to tee it up in a major and play with the best golfers in the world.” With the top 20 spots qualifying, the 35-year-old tied for 12th place with rounds of 70, 73, 75 and 72 at the 72-hole PGA Professional Championship for club professionals at the Bayonet and Black Golf Course in Seaside, Calif. Johnson said a key moment for him during the tournament was on the ninth hole in his final round. He had shot a 2-over for the day at that point – and was 4-over for the tournament – and had a “tough up and down from the back bunker. I hit a great shot to about four feet and was able to save my par to keep my chances alive if I could play a solid back nine,” he said. The Utah native has been golfing since he was eight years old when his grandparents got him started in the sport. During the summer, he would spend his days at the Mick Riley Golf Course in Murray until his mother picked him up on her way home from work. “I’d take advantage of any opportunity I could to play or practice,” he said. Johnson has won the 2012 TaylorMade Invitational, the 2013 Utah Open and the 2015 TaylorMade Invitational prior to this season, where he also finished first at the 2018 TaylorMade National Championship at Pebble Beach. The “love of competing” and the “never-ending process and challenge to improve” drive him each day as he has turned his hobby into his profession. “You can’t ever conquer golf,” he said. “You can only hope to continue to improve and get better.” Johnson said he has learned many life lessons from golf that he uses on and off the course – most notably, hard work and determination along with overcoming failure and adversity.  The young father of a three-year-old son, Georgie, is expecting another baby boy with his “amazing and supportive wife Katie” later this fall.

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