George “G.G.” Johnson Scholarship Scramble

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Lunch 11:30 A.M. -12:45 P.M. Shotgun 1 P.M.

Shawnee Golf Course

About George

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 (or graduating “Q” school) in 1968 and began playing in tournaments with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Miller Barber, 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 remained a Lifetime Member of the PGA. In 1997, George became the head golf pro at Bobby Nichols Golf Course here in Louisville Metro. Unfortunately, George passed away in March of 2014, but his legacy and passion for the game still lives on through those he taught and the lives he has touched.


For 20  years, the Louisville Urban League in partnership with First Tee – Louisville and the PGA of America has hosted this scramble as a fundraiser for the Urban Youth Golf Program Scholarship Fund named in honor of George “G.G.” Johnson.

The scholarship fund has provided more than $100,000 to 45 graduating high school students.


Presenting Sponsor $5,000 (SOLD)

Includes green/cart fees, range balls, and lunches for two teams (threesomes). Hole sponsorship on two holes, recognition as presenting sponsor in the program, recognition on tournament signage, and website recognition on all media promotions. Each team member will also receive a tee gift.

Gold $800

Includes green/cart fees, range balls, and lunches for two teams (threesomes), hole sponsorship on two holes, sponsorship recognition, a mulligan for each player, and tee gifts for each team member. Recognition as gold sponsor in program, recognition on tournament signage.

Silver $400

Includes green/cart fees, range balls, and lunches for one team. Recognition as silver sponsor in the program. (1) Threesome in golf tournament.

Individual Player $134

Includes green/cart fees, range balls, and lunch for one person.

Hole Sponsor $100

Company name/logo placed on hole sign and program recognition.

Team Information

Each sponsored team includes three (3) golfers. A First Tee – Louisville participant will be selected to complete the team.

For more information about to learn more about sponsorship opportunities email our Director of Golf Blake Hardesty, PGA at [email protected]!

 First Tee – Louisville is an exempt nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.