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Sioux Falls Native Wins US Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship

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On Thursday, Shannon Johnson, a native of Sioux Falls, SD, defeated defending champ Kelsey Chugg 1 up to win the 2018 US Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

The match between Johnson and Chugg was ‘all square’ through 17 holes in the finals, but a birdie on hole 18, a par 5 at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, gave Johnson the victory.

Johnson was runner-up in the women’s mid-amateur championship two years ago, and Chugg won it in last year.

The thrill of victory and all of the emotion that comes with it. Shannon Johnson is the 2018 #USWomensMidAm champion!

— USGA (@USGA) September 27, 2018

During the post-match press conference, Johnson was asked if she was nervous on the 18th green.

“A little bit,” said Johnson. “The hole gets a little bit smaller when you have to make that.”

Johnson is a graduate of Sioux Falls O’Gorman high school and an alumna of the University of Indiana.

Her victory on Thursday earns her an invitation to the US Women’s Open next year.