FLINT — Selena Johnson brought something special to her first practice with the Carman- Ainsworth girls’ golf team last week.
The Lady Cavaliers junior proudly displayed her championship trophy from the Flint Junior Golf Association.
In just her second year of playing the game, Johnson won the third-flight title in the FJGA’s season-ending tournament. She edged Devon Perry, 2 and 1, in the semifinals on Aug. 9, then beat Katlyn Marra by the same score in the Aug. 10 finals at Swartz Creek Golf Course.
It was a remarkable achievement for someone who played her first year of high school golf only last fall at Carman.
“She’s really made a lot of improvement along the way,” said Carman- Ainsworth coach Bob Blaylock. “She has really taken a liking to the game. Her dad’s helping her out, and she’s playing more golf now.”
Carman teammate Meghan Borgerding also reached the match play portion of the FJGA tournament, shooting 94 on Aug. 8 at Atlas Valley Country Club to grab the No. 4 seed in the Jack Nicklaus Group’s first flight.
Borgerding, who will be a sophomore for the Lady Cavs this fall, lost her semifinal match to Tailor Przybylowicz, 2-up, on Aug. 9 at Swartz Creek Golf Course. Przybylowicz went on to play 20 holes in the championship finals before losing to Alex Mattis.
In other FJGA finals, Flushing’s Ryan Thomas beat Mt. Morris’ Zak Kiefer, 4 and 3, in the boys’ championship flight; Swartz Creek’s Ben Zyber topped Grand Blanc’s Thomas James, 7 and 5, in the first flight; Grand Blanc’s Alec Cramer beat Race Buessing, 6 and 5, in the third flight; Noah Troyer defeated Edward Sinclair, 2 and 1, in the fourth flight; Adam Wheeler edged Ben Cole, 3 and 2, in the fifth flight; Tyler Furze topped Simon Slagle, 8 and 7, in the sixth flight; Branson Shaw beat Christian Parish, 5 and 4, in the seventh flight; Chloe Lawrie downed Alicia Flood, 3 and 2, in the girls’ championship flight, and Sierra Rush topped McKaley Mitchell, 2 and 1, in the second flight.