Glen Johnson To Pay For Golf Club Staff’s Wages

The former England international is doing his bit to help out workers at his golf club

Glen Johnson To Pay For Golf Club Staff's Wages
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The former England international is doing his bit to help out workers at his golf club during the Covid-19 pandemic

Glen Johnson To Pay For Golf Club Staff's Wages

Former Liverpool and England footballer Glen Johnson has vowed to support staff at his golf club during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Whilst speaking on TalkSport, the former right back told Jim White and Natalie Sawyer that 8-10 members at his club assured staff that their wages would be covered.

This was after Boris Johnson's speech last Monday, which immediately meant all golf clubs in the UK had to close and would have meant staff at the club would likely be furloughed.

The government furlough scheme pays workers 80% of their wage but Johnson will keep the staff on full pay by the sounds of it.

Very classy.

The staff were crying after the speech, Johnson told TalkSport, and he along with his playing partners assured them that they would help out to cover their wages.

Johnson is a member at the ultra-exclusive Beaverbrook Golf Club in Surrey, which has a course designed by David McLay Kidd and Tom Watson that opened in 2016.

Watch the clip below:

“The night Boris Johnson announced the lockdown we were sat in the golf club,” told TalkSport.

“We’d just had a round of golf and we were just waiting for this speech.

“We were just sitting there without a care in the world, a few bottles of wine and a nice lunch, about eight or ten of us.

“All the staff had gone into their back room to watch the speech and they’ve all come back out crying their eyes out, because they all rely on this job and, like most people, they work month-to-month.

“So we sat them down with us and we just said: ‘Look, don’t worry about it. This place is only so good because of you guys being here, the way you treat us and what you do for us’.

Johnson at Turnberry last year:

“So the eight or ten of us all agreed there and then, that whatever the shortfall was, we were going to cough up and find enough money to keep them fully employed – whether the golf club is shut for six to eight months, whatever it’s going to be.

“We wouldn’t love it there so much if it wasn’t for them.

“We’re going to work with the golf club and cover the gap.”

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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