I had the privilege of attending the Zach Johnson Foundation Classic in July this year. Who is Zach Johnson? Well, he is a professional golfer on the PGA tour and just happens to be the 2007 Masters champion. When he came from nowhere and won the Masters that year, he humbly said to the throngs of media that he was just a normal guy from Cedar Rapids, IA. Since then, Zach has gone on to win multiple PGA tournaments, most recently the John Deere Classic held just 2 weeks before his own foundation Classic this year. I was there at TPC Deere Run on the tournaments closing Sunday, and saw him win in dramatic sudden death playoff fashion. Unfortunately, my camera was not because the PGA doesn’t allow that. But Zach’s foundation graciously allowed cameras at the ZJF Classic, so I’d like to share some images I shot from that day with you.
When you hear Zach speak, it doesn’t take long to realize that, while the Masters defined him as a PGA professional, he is really a humble, caring guy doing all that God’s will provides. Zach is a man of strong Christian faith, which I also admire and share. He is also a very strong witness of his faith and does not hesitate to give God all the glory in his own accomplishments. But Zach also accomplishes things off the golf course. In particular, he has created a vibrant charity to benefit the local kids and their schools here in Cedar Rapids. The Zach Johnson Foundation has 2 main programs – Birdies that Care and Kids on Course. You can read more about them and donate to them here.
The Zach Johnson Foundation Classic is an annual pro-am golf event that raises money and awareness for his foundation. Many PGA Tour professionals and celebrities (friends of Zach’s) participate in the pro-am contest alongside Zach and have a lot of fun on the course. Each year the ZJF Classic is held in Zach’s hometown of Cedar Rapids and at the course he honed his skills on – Elmcrest Country Club. In the Elmcrest clubhouse, his Masters Green Jacket hangs proudly on display alongside other memorabilia depicting Zach the golfer. Here are some of the images I captured that hot day in July 2012.