JAMES “JIMMY” GARVIN – Marlton Golf Club, Upper Marlboro, MD


James “Jimmy”’ Garvin is a versatile and innovative business leader and Golf Course Specialists with extensive expertise in the golfing industry. While a student at Howard University Jimmy worked on the maintenance crew at Langston Golf Course that over time led to him making Langston his home. As a highly accomplished and well-known manager of the Langston Golf Course, he operated in various capacities including President and General Manager from 1991 to 2012. The Langston Golf Course was the catalyst for establishing the Jimmy Garvin Legacy Foundation. As founder and passionate leader of the Jimmy Garvin Legacy Foundation, Jimmy ensures the mission of his foundation stays true to the core principles of the development of educational skills, the development of the ability to “Take Charge of Your Life”, the development of student character, and the development of skills, knowledge and dispositions of playing golf.  Jimmy has demonstrated through his personal actions, and with his partnering organizations, as well as those of like mind, that his first priority is to prepare students for the challenges of golf, but more importantly life itself.  In the words of Jimmy, “Golf is the carrot, but education is the key.” Jimmy formed a partnership with local schools to establish satellite Education Centers. Along with his wife, Lana, they make a tremendous difference in the lives of children and youth through junior golf programs. His many accomplishments include inductee into the African American Golfers Hall of Fame; the United States Golf Teachers Hall of Fame; and the Mayors’ Proclamations from the District of Columbia and City of Naples, Florida. Jimmy is not only an owner of the Marlton Golf Course, he is also the General Manager. His leadership abilities and teaming with an expert course superintendent has attributed to The Marlton’s course being recognized by golfers for having made immediate improvements. Jimmy has released is biography, titled “Legacy of a Common Man; The Walk was Uphill” to chronicle his struggles but most importantly to inspire others through his determination and successes.

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