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Johnny Johnston and the Wake Forest Golf Team

Clyde's father was Clement B. "Johnny" Johnston (1921-1982), PGA Professional and one time golf coach at Wake Forest College.

Johnny Johnston feel in love with golf at an early age, playing on sand greens at the nine hole public course in his home town of Wake Forest, NC. Johnston, an Eagle Scout, attended Wake Forest College and played No. 1 on the golf team. After a break to serve in the Air Force in World War II, Johnston returned to Wake Forest and graduated in May, 1947. Prior to returning to Wake Forest in 1946, Johnston was asked to coach the Wake Forest College golf team by Athletic Director, Jim Weaver. Johnston coached the team in 1947 while finishing his degree then continued as the Golf Coach and Assistant Athletic Director until 1951. Johnston assisted Weaver in recruiting players for the team. Members of the golf team soon included Arnold Palmer, Buddy Worsham, Jim Flick and many other outstanding players.

Wake Forest won the 1950 Southern Intercollegiate tournament with Arnold Palmer as the individual title winner. Wake finished 5th in the 1950 NCAA tournament held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Wake also finished 7th in the 1949 NCAA tournament. Johnston was recalled to service in 1951 for the Korean War. In 1954 he started a career in golf as a Golf Professional at golf clubs around North Carolina. Johnston, a PGA member since 1956, served the Carolinas Section of the PGA in many capacities, including Secretary and Vice-President and as Honorary President. In 1975, Johnston was named the "Professional of the Year" in the Carolinas Section of the PGA.

Johnston also dabbled in golf course architecture, designing several courses for no fee, just to promote the game of golf. His preliminary work for a municipal course for the City of High Point, N.C. and the construction of a golf course nearby were key factors in Clyde Johnston's decision to pursue Golf Course Architecture as a career.

Clyde's mother, Sylvia Johnston, also a Wake Forest graduate, gave long time Wake Forest Golf Coach, Jessie Haddock, his first golf lesson prior to his taking the reins as golf coach in the early 50's.