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Johnston named as NCCAA student-athlete of week for 3rd time

OC freshman Sam Johnston has been named as the NCCAA men's golf student-athlete of the week for the third time this academic year.
OC freshman Sam Johnston has been named as the NCCAA men's golf student-athlete of the week for the third time this academic year.

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 23, 2013) – For the third time during his freshman season, Oklahoma Christian’s Sam Johnston has been named as the National Christian College Athletic Association men’s golf student-athlete of the week.

This past weekend, Johnston, from San Diego, earned medalist honors for the second time in his career in impressive fashion, besting a field consisting of mostly NCAA Division I golfers to win the Winchester Classic in Meadow Vista, Calif., by two shots.

He shot rounds of 71, 68 and 70 to finish 7-under-par in the tournament, which was played at Winchester Country Club (par 72, 7,144 yards) in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California. Johnston, who has the Heartland Conference's lowest stroke average, beat 50 Division I players, closing the tournament Sunday with a birdie and an eagle on his final two holes.

The event included nine NCAA Division I teams – including four ranked in the top 100, according to GolfStat – along with OC and one NAIA school.  OC finished third, ahead of Fresno State (No. 66 in Division I in GolfStat), Long Beach State (No. 100 in Division I) and California-Santa Barbara (No. 104 in Division I), among others.

Johnston also received the NCCAA honor once in mid-September and once in mid-March. OC players have won the award six times this academic year, with Vilhelm Bogstrand (twice) and Logan Herbst also receiving the honor.

OC student-athletes have combined to win NCCAA student-athlete of the week honors 30 times in 13 sports during this academic year.