Operation Support Military Golf(OSMG)- the non-profit organization which exists to enhance service members morale, welfare, and recreation by improving golf courses and associated facilities at bases worldwide- announced that Arnold Palmer Design Company(APDC) will provide in-kind renovation work at Naval Station Mayport’s Windy Harbor facility.
Arnold Palmer Design, led by Brandon Johnson, Vice President, Senior Golf Course Architect and ASGCA Associate, will assist in enhancing the practice facility at Windy Harbor. No Stranger to paying it forward, Johnson joined APDC in 2006 following a fruitful tenure as Manager of Design for The First Tee, where he was instrumental in assisting the budding youth development organization reach its 250 Phase 1 facility goals.
“Arnold Palmer Design Company’s assistance is invaluable and will enable service members and their families-past, present and future- to benefit from bolstered morale, wellness and recreation afforded by the Mayport facility,” says OSMG Founder Jennifer Poth. “There are 145 golf courses at bases worldwide with 111 in the U.S.- and many are falling into disrepair due to zero dollars being appropriated for their upkeep.”
“With gratitude, we are eager to assist OSMG and make life more enjoyable for the sailors and families of Naval Station Mayport who sacrifice so much on our behalf,” says Johnson.
In addition to the practice facility refurbishment, the cart barn and on-course restrooms will be replaced. However, funds and/ or in-kind service for that work have yet to be secured.
“Brandon’s willingness- and that of his fellow APDC VP Thad Layton- to support our groundbreaking military non-profit with their generosity, time and talent is appreciated more than we can put in words,” says Poth, who was inspired to found OSMG after the Boston Marathon bombing. Mr. Palmer is forever a legend through his actions on and off the golf course, and in uniform serving our great nation. To have his company and spirit involved with OSMG is an honor and privilege. We’re hopeful this will motivate others to help our mission.”
In addition to APDC, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, American Society of Golf Course Architects, Golf Course Builders Association, Sanford Golf Design, and MacCurrach Golf Construction have pledged to assist OSMG.
About Operation Support Military Golf
OSMG was created by Jennifer Poth to serve those who have, do and will serve our nation by ensuring their Morale, Wellness and Recreation is not forgotten. She founded OSMG stemming from her lifelong desire to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Being born with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia prevented Jennifer from her goal. Her father, Lt. Colonel John E. Poth, USAF Retired, works with Jennifer and inspired her to follow in his footsteps. He introduced her to golf at the age of five.
As a groundbreaking, global, military supportive, 501(c)(3) non-profit, OSMG’s goal is to provide a $1 million infusion to each military golf facility. Helping increase accessibility for our wounded and aging veterans, reducing golf facilities maintenance costs through modernized equipment, and increasing overall visual enjoyment are just some of the specific benefits from the upgrades.
For more information or to inquire about donations, please email Contact@operation-smg.org or call 904-626-4374.