Myrtle Beach, SC August 16, 2013 – Earlier this season, the NGA TOUR, players, fans and sponsors rallied behind the #5PercentMoore campaign, started by player advisory board member Paul Apyan, to help victims affected by the tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla.
Next week, the NGA TOUR would like for its players, fans and sponsors to do the same for one our own – longtime NGA TOUR staff member Justin Sports Jernigan.
Several weeks ago, Jernigan, who held the titles of Tour Director for the Bridgestone Winter Series and Media Relations Director during his tenure with the National Golf Association, suffered a stroke.
Though he is recovering, Jernigan is still facing a lengthy rehabilitation period and escalating medical bills. The NGA TOUR will have donation boxes in place next week at the Eagle’s Landing Classic in Stockbridge, Ga., and the Woodcreek Classic in Columbia, S.C. For those who are not attending those events, the NGA TOUR office will be taking donations as well.
“Justin was an integral part of the NGA TOUR for many, many years,” said Robin L. Waters, NGA TOUR president. “We hope that those who knew him – and even those who didn’t – will lend a helping during his time of need. Our thoughts and prayers are with Justin and his family right now.”
Jernigan, a native of Georgetown, S.C., joined the NGA TOUR in 2003 after graduating from Clemson University. Jernigan started as an assistant media director, moved into the director’s position in the 2006 and eventually became the director of the Florida Winter Series. Jernigan is married to Elisha Kilby Jernigan, who gave birth to their first child a few weeks ago.
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