Yankton made itself a host to the Dakotas Tour again this past weekend, this time for the Pro-Am at Hillcrest Country Club. Year-in and year-out, it is one of the perennial staples on the Dakotas Tour, supplying golfers with 4 days of tournament golf and one of the biggest purses of the summer. It is a course that sees professionals shoot four day’s worth of very good scores, with the winning mark usually near the realm of 20 under par.

At the conclusion of the event, it was Hudson, WI native Neil P. Johnson who left Hillcrest as the 2012 Pro-Am champion. He fired a Sunday score of 64, playing bogey free all day to catch the hottest player on the Tour in recent weeks, Andre Metzger. Andre had won two events thus far this season, but 3 top tens by Johnson proved that he was no slouch as a contender. It was a 73 from Metzger and 72 by Griffin Wood that opened the door for Johnson, who finished the event with a gutsy chip in for eagle on the short driveable par 4 18th. It was the 2 on 18 that gave Johnson a tie for the lead after 72 holes with Andre Metzger.

Both players went back to the 18th tee at Hillcrest and it was again Johnson, with an opportunity to capitalize upon. He had a 4 foot putt for a birdie – which he proceeded to make – giving him his first victory of the season.

Johnson is in the field again for this week’s tournament at Arrowhead CC in Rapid City, SD.

Troy Klongerbo