Vincent was born in Portland, Oregon on April 19, 1986. His father, Daren Johnson, is a mechanic at Glendoveer, a local golf course, and his mother, Marguerite, is a mortgage banker. Ever since the infamous 1966 US Open, where Billy Casper overcame Arnold Palmer at the Olympic Club, Vincent’s father was hooked on golf. One of his goals was to share his love for golf with his kids, which led to his employment at a golf course. He also built a putting green in the backyard so his kids always had a place to putt and chip. With all of the exposure to golf, Vincent began showing interest in the game when he was 6 years old. In the evenings, Vincent’s mother would take him out to play 9 holes at Glendoveer. At the age of 6, Vincent was also introduced to the piano. The first songs Vincent learned were Christmas tunes. Vincent’s mother quickly explained to him that these songs couldn’t be played year-round and promptly got him into piano lessons.
When Vincent was 8, he won his first golf tournament, a five-hole event at Glendoveer. Vincent went on from there to win over 60 junior tournaments and was a member of team Oregon in both the Junior America’s Cup and Hogan Cup. In 2000, Vincent won an IJGT event at Crosswater, in Sunriver, Oregon by overcoming a four shot deficit with 9 holes to go. It was this event that convinced Vincent he could achieve a lot more as a golfer.
During his years at David Douglas high school, Vincent was a 3-time first team All-State golfer, played the piano in the school orchestra and started on the varsity basketball team. His golf accomplishments garnered the attention of several college golf coaches and Vincent eventually signed with Oregon State University.
At OSU, Vincent played for four years and won twice individually. After his sophomore year and a summer of declining health, Vincent was diagnosed with Graves’ disease in the fall of 2006. His condition forced him to sit out the first half of his junior season, but he was able to return to the traveling squad in the spring. On the academic side, Vincent graduated in three years with a degree in finance and a minor in music. He completed his first year of the OSU MBA Program during his senior season, but decided that it was best to turn pro after his fourth year of college and put his masters on hold.
Vincent’s choice proved to be a good one as he received the Charlie Sifford Exemption in 2009. This gave him the privilege of playing in the Northern Trust Open, a premier event on the PGA Tour. In the fall of 2009, Vincent competed on Golf Channel’s Big Break Disney. Also that fall, Vincent began receiving mentoring and instruction from PGA Tour player, Brian Henninger. Their work quickly paid off. In 2010, Vincent had his most significant victory as a pro at the Long Beach Open, one of the biggest mini tour events on the West Coast.
In 2010 and 2011 Vincent received the Adrian Stills Scholarship, given by The Advocates to a promising minority golfer, to help pay for the costs of the Tour qualifying tournament. Vincent has attempted PGA Tour and Web.com Tour qualifying tournament several times, but has yet to secure his card. He has gained valuable experience as he has traveled throughout the United States, following the mini tour circuits. Unable to play at Web.com Q School in 2014, Vincent is currently putting his efforts towards PGA Tour Canada in 2015.