• NCAA Regional Participant (2015)
• Mid-American Conference Championships Medalist (2015)
• All-MAC First Team (2015)
• All-MAC Second Team (2016)
• MAC All-Tournament Team (2015)
• MAC Golfer of the Week (Nov. 9, 2015)
• Academic All-MAC (2016)
• Ball State Most Valuable Player (2016)
• Ball State Most Improved Player (2015, 2016)
The third Ball State player to win the MAC individual title, joining Kirk Schooley (1983) and Jamie Broce (1997) … the first Ball State freshman ever to win the MAC championship.
2015-16 (So.): An All-Mid-American Conference Second Team selection … Academic All-MAC … competed in every event and led the team with a 73.75 scoring average … managed seven top-20 finishes, five top-10’s, three top-5’s and a pair of runner-up results in 12 stroke-play events … was runner-up at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate (March 11-13) and the Earl Yestingsmeier Memorial Invitational (April 15-16), finishing one shot back both times … finished two shots back in third place among a strong field at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic (Nov. 6-8), which included six of the nation’s top 40 teams and 10 top-100 players … posted a career-best 54-hole total of 207 (-6) at Ka’anapali, including a season-low 68 in the second round … named MAC Golfer of the Week for his performance at Ka’anapali … carded four rounds in the 60’s and 13 rounds of even par or better … went 3-0-0 at the No. 1 position in the lineup at the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play (Feb. 8-9), defeating the top players from Notre Dame, Dayton and Xavier … provided a counting score in 32 of his 36 stroke-play rounds … managed four of the team’s top six 54-hole scores of the season, including the top three.
2014-15 (Fr.): Medalist at the MAC Championships at 1-under par (287), finishing as the only player in red figures ... his performance earned him a spot on the All-MAC First Team and MAC All-Tournament Team ... it also earned him a spot in the NCAA Noblesville Regional … became the first non-Kent State golfer to win the MAC Championship since 2008 and the first freshman to win the title since 2005 ... carded a career-best round of 5-under par 67 in the third round of the tournament ... managed a 76.14 stroke average for the year ... one of only two players (McCormick Clouser) to compete in every tournament for Ball State ... tied for 16th at the Firestone Invitational with a score of 220 (-4) for his second-best finish of the year ... tied for 34th at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate and 36th at the Fighting Irish Golf Classic ... went 1-1-0 at the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play … tied for 46th at the NCAA Noblesville Regional.
HIGH SCHOOL: An all-state selection as a senior in 2014 ... competed in the state finals twice, finishing 18th as a junior and 23rd as a senior ... a four-time All-Hamilton County selection and three-time All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference choice ... helped Hamilton Southeastern to a third-place state finish as a team his senior year ... the Royals won a regional championship his junior year ... was the Indiana Masters Tour Champion and the Indiana Junior Player of the Year in 2012 ... won the Indiana Golf Association Age Group Championship and finished 10th at the Indiana Amateur Championship in 2013.
PERSONAL: Full name is Johnny Lewis Watts V ... born Aug. 16, 1995 in Noblesville, Indiana ... son of John and Gail Watts ... has one brother, Charlie ... father played college golf at Wisconsin ... brother runs track and field at Purdue ... majoring in finance.