It was down to the wire – a real nail-biter – when Blake Johnson, a rising second-grader at Satchel Ford Elementary School, took his swing to win first place in the US Kids Golf Tournament June 21 at Mount Vintage Plantation in North Augusta.
Blake won the tournament in his age group by three strokes to shoot a 46. His very proud father, Eric Johnson, who was also his caddy (aka Caddy Daddy), says it was the best Father’s Day gift he could get.
“It was a Father’s Day I will not forget. We are very proud of him and his exceptional golf game and swing. He has medaled in each tournament he has played and also has a second-, two third- and two fourth-place medals.”
Blake, who has been golfing since he was a toddler, is part of a Columbia tour administered by US Kids Golf. The tour attracts young golfers from throughout South Carolina and a few from Georgia who compete every two weeks or so at various golf courses. The tour ended up playing in Mount Vintage Plantation because other tournaments were cancelled or moved due to COVID-19.
This summer Blake will be competing in the PGA Junior League at courses at Fort Jackson, a location that’s been very lucky for him, according to his father.
“Back in January, about 10 days or so after his seventh birthday, it was at Ft. Jackson that he scored his first eagle on a par four. He drove the green and then drained about a 15-foot putt for a two under par on the hole. Another very proud moment in my life and his. I can’t say I was that surprised, he’s been swinging a golf club since he was two.”