John Brady Knight (JB), a Cornerstone 8th grade student, has grown up immersed in the game of golf. Beginning at two years of age, alongside his aunts, uncles, grandparents, and father, his love for the game began. In 2017, at the age of 12, Knight began playing competitively with Team Georgia, TPC Sugarloaf PGA Jr League.
On Oct 15, 2019, Team Georgia, based out of Duluth, claimed its second national title in the 8th annual PGA Junior League Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona. The team topped undefeated Team California to win the Wanamaker Division, then captured the national title with a 7-5 victory over Team Texas.
Considered one of golf’s major championships for children, the Junior PGA Championship is where the best in the world get their start. Beginning in 1976, the Championship has been a summer stop for many of today’s tour professionals.
Most recently, JB’s championship team was invited to the Georgia Capitol to meet Governor Brian Kemp and enjoy a guided tour. Team Georgia even received a proclamation from the Governor for their national championship win.
We recently caught up with JB to find out more about his love for golf, how he balances his schoolwork, and what it was like to meet Georgia's Governor.
What do you love most about golf?
I love that it is challenging, but also a lot of fun. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends, both locally and around the state/country, that you can continue to play with throughout life.
What are some of your other recent golf achievements?
I most recently placed first at the SJGT Championship at Pine Tree Country Club in Alabama. In 2019, I had three other wins and four top-five finishes.
What was your experience like meeting Governor Brian Kemp?
It was so much fun visiting the Georgia Capitol. The Governor and staff were very kind to invite us. We received a commendation from the Governor for the National Championship win. The tour of the Capitol afterward was fun, too.
How does the Cornerstone University Model help you balance school and extracurricular activities?
The Cornerstone schedule allows time for hobbies and sports, while also giving great academic structure on the days off from school. At my previous school, we had a five-day-a-week schedule that was filled with homework and studying, but Cornerstone provides a great balance of time that gives you opportunities for out-of-school activities.
Balancing school and activities is my biggest challenge. It takes a lot of hard work to stay on top of my schedule. Sometimes I do well at it, and other times I do not. I am learning a lot of great time management skills.
What is something that you're very proud of?
Honestly, I am more thankful than proud. I am thankful for my family, friends, and Cornerstone for supporting me, so I can play golf. It takes a lot of coordination to accomplish my goals, and I am blessed with a lot of support.
What’s next for you?
I hope to compete with the Cornerstone golf team this spring, as long as I can manage it all with my competitive team and my school schedule.
Other members of the winning Georgia team are Parth Kumar (Suwanee resident), John Brady Knight (Kennesaw), Anthony Purcea (Buford), Patmon Malcolm (Alpharetta), Joseph Canitano (Milton), and Richard Yang (Duluth).
Photos from the Championship courtesy of PGA of America.