CRANFORD - All of the tournaments and hard work that Cranford High School senior Johnny Bush has put into this summer are paying off.
The 17-year-old and fifth-seeded Bush, who plays out of Plainfield Country Club, defeated 15-year-old freshman and second-seeded Dean Greyserman out of Crestmont Country Club, 3 and 2, Wednesday to capture the New Jersey State Golf Association’s (NJSGA) 97th annual William Y. Dear Junior Championship at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater
Greyserman is entering his freshman year at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Fla.
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“I think I had a really great attitude all week. I’ve been working hard on my mental composure with some help from my dad and that’s what won it for me this week,” said Bush, who recently made the cut at the NJSGA Open (74-73-75--222) to finish in a tie for 42nd. “I stayed calm in all my matches and was able to beat some pretty tough opponents. I felt right off the bat I was in control after making a 35-foot eagle putt after hitting a 3-wood into the green from 280. That gave me confidence right away and I kept my game steady the whole time, even when he evened out the match.”
With the match all square through the first nine holes, Bush went 3-up over holes 10, 11, and 12 to take command, maintained that lead with pars over the next four holes, and won it on the 16th hole.
In the semifinals, Bush edged 16th-seeded Moritz Weigold of Mendgam Golf and Tennis Club, 19 holes, to advance to the finals. Weigold had edged top-seeded and NJ.com Player of the year, Jack Wall of Christian Brothers Academy and Manasquan River Golf Club, 19 holes, in the quarterfinals.
“The semifinal was a fantastic match. We ended up going to an extra hole and I made a 15-foot birdie putt to win it on the first playoff hole,” said Bush. “We both probably shot 2 or 3-under in that round, trading birdies back and forth.”
Bush will finish his summer with two American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournaments, starting next week at the Colonial Junior at Ford’s Colony Country Club – Martin Hawk Course in Williamsburg, Virginia (Aug. 13-16). The following week, Bush returns to the Garden State and will participate in the KJ Choi Foundation Junior Championship presented by SK Telecom at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club – River Course in Bedminster Township.
“This win is something I’ll always remember, it’s what I think is my greatest accomplishment in golf to this date,” said Bush. “I think it just shows that my game is right up there with the best players in the state and I’ll definitely remember that when I’m squaring off against those players in school golf.”