By John Mitchell, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Hailing from Dumfries, Scotland, junior Liam Johnston has found himself to a key player to the UTC golf program.
As a junior, Johnston made a big name for himself finishing runner-up two consecutive years at the Scottish Boys Order of Merit and earned a runner-up finish at the Scottish Boys Match and Stroke Play.
Johnston joined UTC in 2011 after being regarded as one of the top juniors in all of Scotland. He found a consistent place in the lineup, playing in 10 of 13 events and placing his first top-10 finish at the Southern Conference Championships.
The St. Josephs High School alum used his sophomore year to make a statement, starting in all 11 tournaments for Chattanooga. Perhaps the biggest accomplishment came at the Bayou City Collegiate, in which Johnston shot his career best round of 69 (-3).
During the fall schedule of 2013, Johnston would achieve his career best finish tied for second at the Auto Trader.com Collegiate. Heading into the spring, Johnston was slotted as the highest ranked European in the Palmer Cup Standings, and was ranked in the top-ten by Golfstat at the conclusion of the fall schedule.
“Liam has the tools and the work ethic to be one of the top players,” head coach Mark Guhne said. “He’s got some experience on some pretty big stages and we’re looking for him to finish strong.”
Johnston, as well as his UTC golf teammates, set their sights on the 2014 Southern Conference championships April 20-22. Chattanooga is the two-time defending champion.