Vincent Johnson, a Portland native and former professional golfer who has championed growing the game of golf through outreach to women, youth and people of color is the new director of golf with Portland Parks and Recreation.
Johnson takes the helm from longtime Golf Director John Zoller who led the program from 1987 until his recent retirement. Johnson joined PP&R in 2016 as assistant director of golf and was promoted to the top job last month.
“Portland Parks Golf just celebrated its 100th anniversary,” said Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish, in making the announcement. “We are fortunate to have a professional like Vincent Johnson lead our recreational golf program and provide the vision for the next 100 years.”
PP&R Interim Director Kia Selley said Johnson has excelled at promoting the positive benefits that Portland Parks Golf has to offer, including engagement for youth and under-represented communities and “will continue to ensure that the benefits of golf are available to all.”
Vincent began playing golf at age six. He attended David Douglas High School and then earned a finance degree (with a minor in music) in just three years while on a golf scholarship at Oregon State University. Johnson has competed in tournaments on the PGA Tour, winning the 2010 Long Beach Open, one of the biggest mini tour events on the West Coast.
"Serving as the new director of Portland Parks Golf is humbling,” Johnson said. "My thanks to everyone at Portland Parks & Recreation, to Parks Commissioner Nick Fish, and to all Portlanders whom we serve. I'm thrilled to be able to help inspire and encourage the next generation of golfers. Portland Parks Golf will keep working to better serve all current players, and people who are just discovering the game. That includes communities of color, women, and anyone who might not have previously thought the lifelong game of golf was for them."
During the summer of 2018, Johnson led Portland Parks Golf’s centennial celebration, including a commemoration of the first Portland Parks Golf Course at Eastmoreland and The Next 100 event at Colwood Golf Center on Northeast Columbia Boulevard. Johnson also has shared golf with new and old audiences alike at events like Race Talks and History Pub.
“We succeed thanks to our hardworking maintenance staff and committed golf course operators,” adds Johnson, “They are why our team will continue to provide high quality golf and meaningful recreation opportunities to all Portlanders.”
Portland Public Golf offers affordable, quality golf to Portland's residents and visitors. The city’s five nationally-recognized golf courses – Eastmoreland, Heron Lakes - Great Blue, Heron Lakes - Greenback, RedTail, Rose City, and the newly acquired Colwood Golf Course.