GSE Worldwide today announced that they have signed professional golfer Kamaiu Johnson to represent the inspiring athlete in all his marketing and partnership deals on the heels of his PGA TOUR debut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.
Kamaiu has overcome a number of hurdles and is primed to make an impact both inside and outside the ropes as he continues his journey. He joins a GSE golf roster stocked with marquee names, including Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh, Lexi Thompson and many more established and up-and-coming players on the Tour.
“The last several months have been more than I could have ever imagined,” Johnson said. “Through the ups and downs of all that has happened, I continue to be an example of how people showing love to other people, no matter their background, can have a significant impact. I am humbled that GSE Worldwide is joining my team to help me focus on my progression as both a golfer and as a man. My dream is to become a full-time PGA TOUR player and also to help others who are growing up in similar situations as my own. GSE Worldwide can help me on both paths.”
In 2020, Kamaiu Johnson had a successful season on the Advocates Professional Golf Association (APGA Tour) including a victory at the 2020 APGA Tour Lexus Cup Championship in Los Angeles and finished second in the 2020 APGA Tour Lexus Cup Point Standings.He was set to make his PGA TOUR debut at the Farmers Insurance Open until he tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw. This unfortunate fork in the road lead to exemptions and his eventual PGA TOUR debut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He is set to make his second PGA TOUR start this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and then a third PGA TOUR test in March at the Honda Classic.
“We are inspired by Kamaiu’s story and admire his perseverance,” said Carlos Rodriguez of GSE. “We believe that his story can make an impact in the sport of golf and we hope to mentor him and support his quest of reaching the PGA Tour.”
Growing up in Madison, FL – a small town with less than 3,000 residents – golf was an afterthought to a skinny, fatherless, young man. By a stroke of good fortune Kamaiu was introduced to the game through city golf superintendent Jan Auger, who spotted him swinging a stick at the age of 13 outside his apartment complex bordering Hilaman Park Golf Course and offered him a club and a bucket of balls. From there his love for the game took off and with Jan’s help he overcame his lack of financial resources to continue to hone his craft, competing in over 60 amateur tournaments with several wins and top 10 finishes to his name before turning pro at 21.