Marion Johnson III
When I was 10 years old my uncle James Johnson (RIP) gave me a book called Jack Nicklaus The Full Swing. I didn’t pick up the book for a few years but after I did I learned some very interesting things, the book intrigued me. I would find myself out in the yard playing with sticks as if they were clubs I would go back to the book and read and learn what they were saying to do and then practice it when I was outside playing.
It wasn’t until the age of 13 when I actually got my hands on a set of clubs. My uncle worked for Titleist Golf Ball Company and we would often go to the golf course up the street and play. The feeling was awkward at first but I remembered the book I remembered what I learned long ago and I remembered what I practiced in the yard for so many years and when I implemented that it seemed to click. My uncle saw this and helped me fine tune some things I didn’t understand and it was amazing how well I picked it up.
I didn’t get to play much of my later teen years because of my dad moving me around the country a lot however I did manage when we lived in Memphis, TN to get a job at Arnold Palmer’s golf course as a grounds keeper. One of the perks of the job was free golf whenever I wanted so after work every day I would play a round of golf then go home. Two years of this got me honed in but I still wasn’t comfortable enough to compete.
I didn’t give it much thought during my years in the Army but I did manage to play a few rounds here and there at some of the courses where I was stationed. I then joined a national touring band and toured the country for 5 years. At the age of 31 I heard the news of my Uncle passing away. After the funeral I searched for golf clubs in my area and found a club holding a golf tournament for breast cancer awareness. I entered! This was my first tournament I had ever been in and to prepare for this I played three times on the course where the tournament was going to be held. When I entered this tournament I stated this was for my uncle because he taught me a lot.
I won the tournament finishing at 18 under par and it was the greatest feeling in my life. Everything seemed to click everything was on point and I felt like I was in the zone. Over the past three years I have played at a few clubs here and there but nothing serious like the tournament before. I moved to Seattle the home of last year’s U.S. Open and after living here for a year I finally went to a golf course. Not having played in a while I was prepared for the rusty game, the one played in the rough. Needless to say I did fairly well for someone who hadn’t played in a while and I had pondered playing in more tournament since the one I had one three years ago and seeing that my game was still on I have decided to make a run for the U.S. Open of 2016.
Help me get to the PGA Tour by helping me get fitted by TaylorMade Clubs in Las Vegas. Next year when the new season starts I will be well equipped to handle every open course on the PGA Tour. Please help me get there by helping me get to Las Vegas and home again!
I do not want to be a amature golfer, I want to be a pro! Help me get there by giving whatever you can and if I win any major tournaments I will be giving back to those who gave so generously to me! Thanks to GoFundMe I can see who donates and make sure that I take care of them when the time is right!
Thank you for all your time and for believing in me! I will give this my 100% like all things I do!
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