The Annual George “G.G.” Johnson Golf Scramble
ABOUT THE SCRAMBLE
The George “G.G.” Johnson Scholarship Scramble is a partnership of the Louisville Urban League’s Urban Youth Golf Program and The First Tee Louisville. The event pairs youth golfers with corporate and community adult threesomes for an 18 hole scramble at a local golf course. Proceeds from the event support the Urban Youth Golf Program College Scholarship Fund and other Louisville Urban League programs.
GEORGE “G.G.” JOHNSON (1938 – 2014)
George Johnson was the first and only African-American head golf pro in Kentucky. He began to learn the game at the age of 15 when he caddied at a segregated country club in Georgia. He turned pro in 1964 and qualified for the US Open in 1965. He received his tour card after successfully completing the PGA qualifying program in 1968 and began playing in tournaments with the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Kite.
In 1971 he won the Azalea Open and became the fourth African-American to ever win a PGA tournament. George spent a total of 10 years on the PGA Tour and three on the Senior Tour and remains a Lifetime Member of the PGA. In 1997, George became the head golf pro at Bobby Nichols Golf Course here in Louisville Metro. His passion for the game translated to the thousands of young people he taught the game he loved so much. In 2008, he was inducted into the African-American Golfers Hall of Fame.
Since 1999, the Urban Youth Golf Program has awarded more than $77,000 in scholarships to 34 participants. Scholarship recipients must be being enrolled, “active” and “in good standing” with the Urban Youth Golf Program and The First Tee of Louisville for two or more years; graduating high school with a three-year GPA of 2.5 or above, and be accepted into a college, university, vocational or technical school. Applicants must be endorsed by a high school counselor and have at least three letters of recommendation.
The Urban Youth Golf Program and its partner, The First Tee of Louisville work diligently to produce the George “G.G.” Johnson Scholarship Golf Scramble annually. The Louisville Urban League has operated the PGA of America funded Urban Youth Golf Program for 16 years.
In 2005, The First Tee of Louisville was created to serve as an umbrella organization for the Urban Youth Golf Program and two other youth golf programs and provide Golf and Life Skills to the young people in these groups as well as new participants in the programs.
The Urban Youth Golf Program is active in recruiting participants for the youth golf programs and offers a wide range of opportunities, incentives and benefits, all designed to help youth be successful and develop into positive and productive citizens. These include cultural enrichment, academic & career development activities.
During the past year young people from the Urban Youth Golf Program, The First Tee and the other groups have been provided with over 4,400 hours of golf activities through PGA professionals and volunteers. Life Skills are brought to the youths through Programs which are used by Chapters of The First Tee.