Last night, Fire Chief John Klum and Lt. Ted Mayes attended a meet & greet at the invitation of Vincent Johnson, a local golfer looking to make it into the PGA. We first learned of Vincent’s aspirations when out-of-state friends and family members of PF&R staff started calling to say, “Did you see that kid on the Golf Channel wearing the Portland Fire hat?”
You can watch the video everyone was talking about on You Tube by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ01_U49cbU. Turns out that local golf sensation, Vincent Johnson, had a starring role on the Golf Channel’s highly acclaimed Big Break Disney show. During his appearance on the show, he wore various hats including one from Portland Fire & Rescue.
Lt. Ted Mayes, Vincent Johnson and Chief John Klum
On Monday night, Vincent shared with Chief Klum that golfers are highly superstitious. He wasn’t doing as well when wearing another hat so he decided to switch to the Portland Fire & Rescue hat. Apparently it brought him good luck and he wore it for three straight days during the tournament.
Vincent began golfing at age six, is a graduate of Oregon State University and received national attention in February of 2009 when he became the first recipient of the Charlie Sifford Exemption, an honor that enabled him to play in the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open. Although he missed the cut by three shots, the experience convinced him that he has the talent to compete on the PGA Tour.
Portland Fire & Rescue wishes Vincent the best of luck as he leaves Portland on December 10th to pursue his quest for success in the PGA. We also want to thank Vincent for his support of Portland Fire & Rescue and the national exposure that our organization received during his appearance on Big Break Disney.
December 8, 2009