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MARQUEE JT: Justin Thomas joins Louisville’s #hometownheroes

Justin Thomas practice round at Valhalla Golf Club, May 6, 2024

Two time PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas is back home to chase a third Wannamaker trophy next week at Louisville’s pristine Vahalla Golf Club. He spent Monday morning playing a preview round to experience several changes to the course ahead of the May 16-19 tournament.

Justin Thomas celebrates his Hometown Heroes banner, May 6, 2024

After golf, JT appeared with his family at a dedication ceremony for his new building banner at 1941 Bishop Lane. The Louisville Pride Foundation celebrates local luminaries in the Hometown Heroes series. The Justin Thomas banner is visible to westbound traffic on the Watterson Expressway (I-264) near the Newburg Road exit.

After comments from his dad Mike, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Mayor Craig Greenberg, businessman Junior Bridgeman, and me, Justin was overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude.

The Saint Xavier golf team was allowed to leave classes to support alumnus Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas reflected on his high school days in an Instagram post. At the lectern, he joked about the challenges he faced trying to get out of Friday classes so that he could compete in PGA events.

Justin’s parents, Mike and Jani Thomas, and JT’s wife Jill were all lauded for their philanthropic work through the Justin Thomas Foundation. The humble family was moved to tears by all of the praise directed toward their support for others.

“There is no greater love than that from your own hometown. We’re just happy to see you and the family here and know that you are always Louisvillians. We love you. You’re one of ours forever.” — Terry Meiners, event emcee

Craig Greenberg, Justin Thomas, Andy Beshear

Justin Thomas with Rachel and Craig Greenberg
Justin Thomas and Terry Meiners with the Bobby Nichols hometown hero banner in the background.

In the Hometown Heroes series, St. Xavier High School is represented with 4 entries: NFL alum Will Wolford, broadcaster Bob Edwards, and PGA Champions Bobby Nichols and Justin Thomas.

WLKY sports director Kent Taylor got reaction from Justin’s mom and dad.

Here is the complete dedication ceremony video recorded by WHAS11. There is some camera movement as the photojournalist was adjusting shots to collect specific sound bites.

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