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Johnston named as NCCAA golf student-athlete of week

OC sophomore Sam Johnston has been named as the NCCAA men's golf student-athlete of the week.
OC sophomore Sam Johnston has been named as the NCCAA men's golf student-athlete of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 8, 2013) – For the second time this fall, an Oklahoma Christian golfer has been chosen as the National Christian College Athletic Association student-athlete of the week.

The NCCAA named Sam Johnston as its weekly award winner Tuesday, honoring him for his play last week in the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate at The Golf Club at Estrella in Goodyear, Ariz.

Johnston, a sophomore from San Diego, earned medalist honors for the third time in his career, posting a three-round score of 7-under-par 209 to top the 98-man field.

He recorded three consecutive under-par rounds on the par-72, 7,139-yard course, improving his score with each round. He fired an impressive 4-under on the back nine of his final round, hitting his approach shot on No. 18 to within five feet of the hole before making the birdie putt to finish off a round of 68.

Johnston, an NCCAA All-America pick and an NCAA Division II All-America second-team selection last year, led the No. 21-ranked Eagles to their second team title in three tournaments this fall. The tournament field included schools from the Heartland, Lone Star and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences, as well as three squads from California.

Johnston earlier had been honored as the Heartland Conference player of the week for his performance last week.

The NCCAA weekly award is the fourth for Johnston, who took the honor three times as a freshman. He became the second OC golfer to win the honor this fall, joining Johnny Ellis.