John (Johnny) Johnston is truly a Marine Drive Legend. Since becoming a Member in 1952, J.J. (as he is lovingly referred to) racked up an incredible record of amateur achievements which includes five America's Cup, two Commonwealth, two world Amateur and six Willingdon Cup appearances. Tournament wins include seven Penticton Opens, the 1966 Vancouver City Amateur and the 1967 BC Amateur. Two of Johnny's favorite and most prestigious wins were the 1959 Canadian Amateur and the 1967 BC Open Championship, both which were played at Marine Drive Golf Club, against some elite competition.
Career highlights include:
- Won the Canadian Amateur, defeating Gary Cowan at Marine Drive in 1959
- Won BC Amateur in 1966
- Won BC Open at Marine Drive as an amateur in 1967, won Mexican Amateur in 1967
- Made BC's Willington Cup Team 9 times from 1958-1967
- Represented Canada in America's Cup 4 times, World Amateur twice and Commonwealth Competition twice
- Inducted into BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1971
- Won Marine Drive Golf Club's Championship 6 times
- Teamed with Ron Willey, defeated Jack Nicklaus and Deane Beman in match play competition (America's Cup)
In 1971, Johnny Johnston was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame along with many of our Province's top athletes. He also appears on our own "Wall of Fame" three times.
Johnny Johnston and Mayor of Vancouver Tom Campbell