Libby’s Johnston Goes Low to Win Vegas Tournament

Three-time state champion fires final round 63 to storm past field

By Andy Viano
Ryggs Johnston competes in the Earl Hunt Memorial Fourth of July Tournament in Whitefish in 2016. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

Libby High School senior Ryggs Johnston fired a nine-under 63 in the second and final round to rally and win the Las Vegas World Series Championships title, April 14-15 at Primm Valley Golf Club in Nipton, California.

Johnston eagled the 18th hole as part of the tournament’s best round, going four strokes lower than any other golfer on either day. The Arizona State University commit was four shots off the lead after carding a 71 in round one but erased that deficit to win the title by one stroke with a two-day total of 134 (-10).

Only a junior in high school, Johnston has won three straight state golf championships for the Loggers — two in Class B and one in Class A — and was an all-state basketball player this past season.

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