GENERAL: A transfer from Cal Poly who was a welcome addition as a 2011-12 junior who will redshirt at Cal in 2012-13 before a planned return to the team in 2013-14 for his senior campaign … has enormous potential … great length from tee to green who uses that length to his advantage with solid fundamentals around the green … an excellent wedge player … streaky putter … creative player who loves to pull off different shots … an aggressive player who is working on his consistency and needs to learn to manage his game more effectively … a hard worker who vies to be in the team’s top five week in and week out.
2012-13 (AS A SENIOR): Expected to redshirt … has not played.
2011-12 (AS A JUNIOR): Earned a first-year ‘Big C’ award … played in eight stroke-play events and 24 rounds, averaging 73.13 strokes per round on 1,755 shots … had a 2-3 match-play record, going 1-2 at Del Walker Match Play Championship and 1-1 at NCAA Championship … ranked No. 163 nationally by Golfweek and No. 266 according to Golfstat in their final player rankings of the season … posted his top finish at Cal when he tied for fifth while playing as an individual at ASU Thunderbird Invitational (70-67-71 – 208, -5), with his second-round four-under par 67 also the best round of his Cal career and tied for the lowest in his collegiate career … tied for 13th at Golfweek Conference Challenge (70-72-76 – 218, +2) … tied for 18th twice at Wolverine Intercollegiate (71-74-71 – 216, +3) and John A. Burns Intercollegiate (70-72-74 – 216, E) … tied for 36th at Western Intercollegiate (73-79-71 – 223, +13) … finished 49th at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (78-79-75 – 232, +16) … had a strong NCAA Championship (72-78-72 – 222, +9) as he tied for 61st and had both his first and third rounds count towards the team score from the No. 5 spot in the lineup and then was a winner of his individual match in Cal’s 3-2 quarterfinal match-play victory over San Diego State … tied for 62nd at NCAA Stanford Regional (71-77-72 – 220, +10) … had a tremendous and dominating stretch of qualifying play that was among the best in the history of Cal men’s golf shortly after his arrival in the fall and spent the first two tournaments in the team’s top spot in the lineup.
AT CAL POLY
CAREER – Had the third-lowest career stroke average (minimum 40 rounds) at Cal Poly after two seasons with a 73.71 mark on 3,759 shots over 51 rounds and 17 events … had five top-10 finishes and placed in the top 20 nine times … had 14 rounds under par, including five that were lower than 70 … had top score on his team in five events.
2010-11 (AS A SOPHOMORE) – Finished third on the squad with a 74.38 stroke average that was the 13th-best on the school’s all-time list at the end of 2010-11, registering 1,934 shots over nine events and 26 rounds … finished in the top 10 twice by tying for fourth in his best collegiate finish at Lamkin Grip Challenge (72-72 – 144) and tying for sixth at Folino Invitational (72-75-69 – 216) to lead the Mustangs to team wins in both events, with his lone round of the season under 70 in the final round of the latter … had three other top-20 finishes, tying for 13th at Firestone Grill Cal Poly (72-71-77 – 220), tying for 14th at Big West Conference Championship (75-73-78 – 226) and tying for 16th at Palouse Cougar Collegiate (74-70-70 – 214) when he posted the top score on his team for the lone time … tied for 28th at Anteater Invitational (76-75-75 – 226) … tied for 36th at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate (72-76-80 – 228) … tied for 48th at Saint Mary’s Invitational (76-74-78 – 228) … tied for 57th at Braveheart Classic (82-74-76 – 232) … had seven rounds under par, including his season-low 69 in the final round of Folino Invitational.
2009-10 (AS A FRESHMAN) – Big West Freshman of the Year and a second-team all-conference selection while registering the top numbers of his two-year stop at Cal Poly, posting 1,825 shots over 25 rounds and eight events for a team-low 73.00 stroke average that at the time was the eighth-best in school history (minimum 20 rounds) … had a team-high-tying seven rounds under par including a team-high-tying four in the 60’s and all four rounds of his Cal Poly career that were 68 or better … tied for second three times, including each of his last two events of the season at Big West Conference Championship (68-74-76 – 218) and Cal State Bakersfield Spring Invitational (70-70-75 – 215), as well at Firestone Grill College Invitational (72-71-68 – 211) hosted by Cal Poly … his opening-round 68 tied for the lowest round of the tournament at Big West Conference Championship … tied for ninth in his collegiate debut in a dual match with Cal State Bakersfield (76) ... tied for 14th at Lexus Classic (72-72-72 – 216) … tied for 21st at Giustina Memorial Classic (75-79-67 – 221) with the final round 67 the lowest round of his Cal Poly career and tied for the lowest in his collegiate career … tied for 26th at Del Walker Intercollegiate (72-68-71 – 211) … 40th at Anteater Invitational (76-73-73 – 222) … tied for 75th at Saint Mary’s Invitational (74-82-79 – 235) … had lowest score on his team in four events (Firestone Grill College Invitational, Del Walker Intercollegiate, Lexus Classic, Big West Conference Championship).
2013 – Individual medalist at Alameda Commuters (71-69-64-66 – 270).
2012 – Ended the year ranked 64th in California, 361st in U.S. and 767th in world according to amateurgolf.com … shared medalist honors with Cal teammate Keelan Kilpatrick and then eagled the par-five first hole on the first playoff hole to win Palo Alto City Championship (68-70 – 138) … tied for 16th at Sahalee Players Championship (75-68-75-74 – 292) … tied for 21st at Southern Amateur (73-73-70-75 – 291) … reached Round of 32 at California Amateur.
2011 – Ended the year ranked 51st in California, 327th in U.S. and 733rd in world according to amateurgolf.com … tied for third at State Fair Amateur (69-69-65 – 203) … advanced to Round of 16 at California Amateur … participated in U.S. Open Sectional qualifying (77-75 – 152) after being the individual medalist at a local qualifier at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc (71).
2010 – Ended the year ranked 27th in California, 232nd in U.S. and 548th in world according to amateurgolf.com, while he was third in the organization’s tournament series … winner of amateurgolf.com Tour Championship title with a 73 in the rain-shortened 18-hole event … tied for second at State Fair Amateur (66-64-73 – 203) … participated in U.S. Open sectional qualifying (72-75 – 147) after tying for second at local qualifier at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc (71) … reached semifinals at Northern California Amateur … tied for fifth at amateurgolf.com Christmas Classic (70-71 – 141) … tied for 22nd at Southwestern Amateur (69-73-70-71 – 283).
2009 – Ended the year ranked 368th in California according to amateurgolf.com … tied for sixth at amateurgolf.com Christmas Classic (70-73 – 143) … eighth at Outlaw Cup (224).
2008 – Ended the year ranked 431st in California according to amateurgolf.com, while he was tied for 18th in the organization’s tournament series … ninth at Outlaw Cup (219) … tied for 18th at amateurgolf.com Christmas Classic (73-72 – 145) … Junior America’s Cup selection for Northern California.
2007 – Ended the year ranked 396th in California according to amateurgolf.com … sixth at amateurgolf.com Christmas Classic (73-70 – 143).
CLOVIS WEST HS: A 2009 graduate of Clovis West High School … led his team to a Southern Section title as a sophomore in 2007, a pair of Valley crowns (2008, ‘09) and Tri-River League titles (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09) in each of his four prep seasons … a two-time All-City selection in 2008 and 2009 … a four-year letterwinner … also participated in soccer during his first prep season.
OTHER: Full name is Pace Archer Johnson … majoring in interdisciplinary studies … parents are David and Carolyn Johnson … sister, Annie, is a freshman at High Point University in North Carolina in 2012-13 … current roommate with fellow Fresno native and longtime friend Michael Weaver … born January 1, 1991, in Fresno, Calif.
GETTING TO KNOW PACE
The most interesting thing about me is … that I have never met anyone with the same first name
I would describe myself as … the most competitive person ever
The reason I love golf is … some type of new situation is put on the plate every time I play a tournament and that’s what really makes it exciting
For me to improve as a person, I need to … be organized and work as hard as I can on my own weaknesses
My favorite pre-match ritual is … playing my pre-round playlist on my iPod on the range
The biggest thrill in my life to date is … skydiving from 13,000 feet, although I’m soon to get higher
The favorite golf course I have played is … Cypress Point
The reason I chose Cal is … the golf program had a reputation for success and I like the idea of diversity
The best thing about Cal is … the campus because I haven’t been to many other places that have neat and old architecture
What sets Cal golf apart from other collegiate golf programs is … our ability to keep each other in a positive mood no matter what the situation is … I believe someone even commented to me at the Isleworth tournament during my first season that our team always looks like we are having a great time and that is exactly how I feel
My favorite golf movie is … Caddyshack
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be … eagling the last hole on the final hole in the final group to win by one stroke
I would like to be remembered at Cal for … winning a national championship
The people who have had the greatest influence in my life are … my parents, God and friends
My best advice for youngsters would be … to be great at the things you love to doLAST UPDATED: February 22, 2013