Written by Jeremy Beale

WELCOME TO PGA WORKS FELLOW JOHNATHAN JOHNSON

My name is Johnathan and I am a graduate of Johnson & Wales University of Charlotte, North Carolina. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Sports/Event/Entertainment Management specifically concentrating in golf operations management. I started playing the game of golf
in my hometown of Fort Washington, Md., when I was 7 years old and would like to continue my work in the golf industry. I was actively engaged in The First Tee program of Prince George’s County. Without my mentors of Ed Artis, Pua Ponafala and Joe Chase, my passion for the game of golf wouldn’t make me the person I am today.

I have continued to participate in golf tournaments by volunteering for past nine years at the AT&T National, U.S. Open, Melwood Prince George’s County Open, and the Senior PGA Championship. My average handicap consists of 79 lowest to 83 highest.

While attending Johnson & Wales, I advocated for the athletics department to start a golf team, however, they were not prepared to fund the team and could not drive a high enough level of interest from the student body. I continued to practice and network on my own. Unfortunately my school still did not have a golf team by the time I graduated college. With the help of my professors, I was able to distinguish myself and obtain a well -rounded knowledge about about operations, event management and trends within the golf industry. 

My pursuit of getting involved in the golf industry comes strictly from the perseverance and the mentorship my professors and coaches taught me at a early age. Their counseling helped me to research and discover the PGA Professional Golf Management Program. Being a part of the PGA is a privilege I do not take lightly and working for the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA is a life dream that is more than I could possibly have imagined. Looking forward whether managing tournament operations or member relations, the skill set of organization, efficiency, compassion, understanding, and time management will all benefit and me in contributing towards the Middle Atlantic Section’s mission.