Bradley Johnson never played in a Wyndham Cup. Chances are, the runner-up at the 2005 U.S. Junior would have earned a coveted spot on the East team in the summer of 2006 had he not been fatally injured in a car accident in March of that year.
Five years later, however, his little brother is getting a chance to do just that. Next week, Michael Johnson of Birmingham, Ala., will suit up in the traditional red of the East team, and every birdie he makes will not just benefit his team, but also will pay tribute to his brother. And actually, the birdies of many Wyndham Cup participants will do just the same thanks to a program called “Birdies for Bradley.”
After Bradley’s untimely passing, his parents, Sheri and Hugh Johnson, began the Bradley Johnson Memorial Foundation, which has a mission to help provide junior and collegiate golfers with the financial resources to play competitive golf. Through this foundation, the Johnson’s have committed to endow an ACE Grant, which will help an AJGA member from Alabama compete in national events.
“Birdies for Bradley” will help fund that ACE Grant.
Wyndham Cup participants are currently taking pledges for each birdie they make at the match play event, as well as one-time donations. Regardless of East or West, red or blue, the Wyndham Cup will unite these players in an effort to help bring the game of golf to someone else, all in the name of someone who truly treasured the sport.
“I think this shows a lot of good teamwork,” East team member Jaye Marie Green said. “I think we can make a lot of birdies, and I know we will.”
Green knows the important of the ACE Grant, and “Birdies for Bradley” has proven to be her chance to give back to a program that has helped her navigate junior golf.
“The ACE Grant opens up so many doors. It’s the best thing that has happened to me and I wouldn’t be where I am without it,” Green said. “It’s good to know that I’m helping at least one person to have the same experience I have had.”
If you are interested in making a pledge or a one-time donation through the “Birdies for Bradley” program, please contact Beth Dockter (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (678) 425-1758.