George “G.G.” Johnson Scholarship Scramble

Saturday, June 8, 2024

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.


All sponsorships include at least one complimentary team, including green/cart fees, range balls, tee gift and lunch. Other benefits include hole sponsorship, recognition in the program, recognition on tournament signage and website recognition on all media promotions. Please contact our Development Director, Heidi Kraft at [email protected] for more information on sponsorships.

Presenting Sponsor $5,000

Gold $800

Silver $400

Individual Player $133

Hole Sponsor $100

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

Team (threesome) $400

Individual Player $133

Team Information

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

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