MONTEREY, Calif., January 29, 2020 – The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am has awarded Kamaiu Johnson a sponsor’s exemption for this year’s tournament being played February 8-14, 2021 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Couse.
Johnson, age 27, and the Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour Championship winner, was scheduled to make his TOUR debut this week in the Farmers Insurance Open® but withdrew due to testing positive for COVID-19.
“The Monterey Peninsula Foundation and the AT&T cannot be more excited to welcome Kamaiu to Pebble Beach this year,” said Steve John, CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. “We are impressed with Kamaiu’s perseverance as well as his golf talent,” added John.
After dropping out of school in eighth grade and finding a better life path through golf, Johnson took his game to a new level in 2020, finishing in the top 10 in the final five events on the Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour (APGA), including his win at the APGA Tour Championship.
“This entire week has been mind-blowing. To go from rock bottom, totally devastated on Tuesday to receiving this exemption from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and AT&T just shows how quickly things can change,” Johnson said. “My message to start the week was how the actions of a few people and special organizations can change a life. Look no further than what AT&T, Farmers® and Honda have done for me this week alone and the impact it will have. I’m so grateful for the opportunity.”
The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2021 and will play as a professional-only event over two courses. The tournament will be televised by Golf Channel and CBS. Fans also can follow the tournament’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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About Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that donates funds from the proceeds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee, a PGA TOUR Champions tournament. The Foundation focuses on improving the quality of life in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.