His blue collar and red neck are symbols of his life and times and his recent re-emergence on the pro tour has been accompanied by some very colorful (to say the least) golfing attire.
Loudmouth Golf has hooked up with Daly to showcase their sports clothes line, especially their golf attire. Bright colors, wild designs and a flair for the flamboyant describe the fashion statement of Loudmouth Golf. The company is one of the major sponsors of the Golf Channel’s television reality show, “Being John Daly.”
And the colors and wild designs are coming to a Beeville classroom this fall.
“They’re going to be my teaching clothes,” said Moreno Middle School math instructor John Johnson.
“My classroom is fun and I want the kids to have fun and learn in my classroom.”
Johnson loves the game of golf and has a son-in-law who is an aspiring professional golfer. That led him to the Valero Texas Open in May as his son-in-law, Thomas Kearney, was granted a sponsor’s exemption and played in the PGA event.
Sporting “players’ passes,” Johnson and his wife and fellow Moreno teacher, Lisa Johnson, were having a snack in the players’ eating area at the San Antonio tournament when John Daly’s girlfriend and companion Anna Cladakis walked by. Johnson recognized her from the television show he rarely misses.
Never the shy one, Johnson spoke up, “I think it would be great if Loudmouth Golf sponsored a teacher.”
Cladakis turned and told Johnson she totally agreed with the comment. Johnson later went online and got the name of one of the executives of the company to contact.
Johnson wrote Larry Jackson, CEO for Loudmouth, wanting to know if the clothing company would indeed be interested in sponsoring a teacher.
Two weeks went by before an answer to the letter arrived. Jackson agreed and the company wanted to become involved more and more with education and the youngsters. But, all they offered was a 25 percent discount coupon for Johnson to purchase his Loudmouth wardrobe.
Johnson wrote back explaining, even with such a discount, his teacher’s salary would not allow the purchase of an extensive and expensive Loudmouth Golf wardrobe.
Further discussion with Jackson had Johnson sending him his sizes and just a little while later, two pairs of Loudmouth Golf pants, a shirt and a belt were at Johnson’s doorstep.
“My slogan for my classroom next year is going to be, ‘Teach Loud, Learn Proud,’” Johnson said.
He plans on wearing the outfits he has from Loudmouth Golf and may purchase one or two more. Johnson will be donning his wild designer outfits every other Friday this fall to coincide with “nut day” Fridays for the students.
In keeping with the colorful ideas behind the golf clothes and wanting to keep the classroom atmosphere fun and exciting, Johnson says his students will follow the idea of “We don’t shoot for just par. We shoot for under par.”
The courses should never be dull and a lot of learning should be on the scorecard in Mr. Johnson’s sixth-grade math classes for those youths playing through this fall.
Bruce Harper is the sports editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 123, or at sports@mySouTex.com.