Morris rewrites record book with 7-shot win at Tennessee Junior Amateur
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Jack Morris made his win at the Tennessee Junior Amateur look quite easy at the Three Ridges Golf Course, thanks in part due to a 9-under 63 in the second round.
That helped him build a 6-shot lead going to the final round. He eventually led by 10 strokes before settling on a 7-shot win at 15-under-par 201 in the 54-hole tournament.
Morris is a Franklin native and Lipscomb University signee. Shelbyville’s Evan Woosley-Reed, a Tennessee commit, played well enough to win most years with a 208 total, but he couldn’t keep up with Morris.
“It’s an awesome last (junior) tournament to have,” Morris told tngolf.org. “It gives me a lot of confidence and hopefully I can carry it in to this fall. All my friends were playing, so it was awesome to play with them. It was a great feel. It’s nice to see all of my hard work pay off.”
His second-round 63 tied the lowest score shot in the tournament, which was being played for the 61st year.
Among the records set by Morris were:
· Lowest score for 54 holes, 201 (previously 202, William Nottingham 2016)
· Lowest score to par for 54 holes, -15 (previously -11, Chris Stutts 1990, Keith Mitchell 2010, Grant Daugherty 2011, William Nottingham 2016)
· Lowest score for 18 holes, 63 (previously 63, Davis Shore 2014, Brandon Skeen 1999, Will Pearson 2008)
· Lowest score to par for 18 holes, -9 (previously -7, Davis Shore 2014, Will Pearson 2008, Brandon Skeen 1999)
· Lowest score for 9 holes, 30 (previously 31, Davis Shore 2014, William Nottingham 2016)
· Lowest score to par for 9 holes, -6 (previously -4, Davis Shore 2014, William Nottingham 2016)
· Lowest score first 36 holes, 132 (previously 132, Chris Stutts 1990)
· Lowest score to par first 36 holes, -12 (previously -12, Chris Stutts 1990)
· Lowest score final 36 holes, 132 (previously 133, Davis Shore 2014, Joe David 2008, Will Pearson 2008, Cayman Ratliff 2013)
· Lowest score to par final 36 holes, -12 (previously -11, Davis Shore 2014)
Morris shot a final-round 69 despite a bogey and double-bogey. He offset those with four birdies and an eagle. Morris made 18 birdies and two eagles in 54 holes.
Knoxville’s Carson Kammann shot 6-under 66 in the final round to finish tied for third at 211 along with Cameron Tankersley and Knoxville’s Lance Simpson – a Tennessee commit –
East Tennessee State commitment Jack Tickle ended up in sixth place (70-70-72–212), followed by William Rieck (71-70-72–213), Patton Samuels (70-74-70–214), and Mark McDearman (73-74-68–215).
Three players tied for 10th: Jackson Skeen (71-76-69–216), Aidan Collier (73-71-72–216) and Conner Brown (74-71-71–216)