Frisco’s Tommy Morrison, who signed for Texas in 2019 and signed a letter of intent two weeks ago, said he will join the Longhorns golf team in January.
Morrison said he will have enough credits from George Washington Online University High School to graduate early, and he decided to use that to enroll in Texas after talking to his family and other advisors about it.
“It felt like the right decision,” he said.
When he arrives in Austin, the 6-9 Morrison will be the greatest Longhorns golfer of all time, surpassing the 6-7 Phil Blackmar, who graduated from Texas in 1979.
“The biggest problem is just getting clothes for him, getting uniforms,” Texas golf coach John Fields said with a chuckle.
“I hope I’m done waxing,” Morrison said. “I don’t have to grow anymore.”
Morrison’s family moved to the Dallas area from North Carolina and has been on college coach radar since he was in seventh grade.
“He’s been 6-7, 6-8 since I’ve known him, and I met him when he was in eighth grade,” said Fields, Texas’ coach since 1997. “He was actually taller then than he is now. He’s slimmed down. he looks great He looks like an athlete. He trained properly. He is strong.”
Morrison, 18, said he picked Texas because of its success among Fields and the success of Texas players on the PGA Tour. Morrison said his goal is to play on the PGA Tour.
“What he did with that program and the guys that went to the PGA Tour, I don’t think that’s a coincidence,” Morrison said of Fields. “The success speaks for itself.”
Fields couldn’t be happier to have Morrison on the list a semester early.
“He’s going to add a lot of competitiveness to our program,” Fields said. “Great guy. Great, great person. A real golfer. He’s been with so many different great people in golf that he’s sort of an amalgamation of all the people he’s met.
He’s a really good player and a really good person and we’re happy to have him.
Among Morrison’s many accomplishments that year was a second place finish at the North & South Amateur, one of seven events in the Elite Amateur Golf Series. (Sunnehanna Amateur, Northeast Amateur, Trans-Miss Amateur, Southern Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur, and the Western Amateur are the others.)
He finished fourth in the inaugural Elite Amateur Cup after competing in six of the seven championships.
In addition to a 2022 US amateur exception and a 2023 US Open final qualifier exception, each of the top five players will draft a Korn Ferry Tour event to compete in. The list of five events includes the Veritex Bank Championship at Texas Rangers Golf Club in Arlington. The draft order is determined by placement in the Elite Amateur Cup. Each player has four to five days to make a selection.
Spieth, Scheffler, Zatoris cash in
Dallas players performed well in the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program.
Tiger Woods earned a $15 million bonus for placing first in four of the five PIP categories. Rory McIlroy finished second and received a $12 million bonus. Dallas’ Jordan Spieth narrowly beat Justin Thomas in third place – Spieth received $9 million, Thomas $7.5 million – with Jon Rahm ($6 million) in fifth place.
Dallas Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was sixth ($5.5 million). The next four received $5 million each – Xander Schauffele, US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, Dallas’ Will Zalatoris and Tony Finau.
Bent Tree Assistant has top 10 ranking
Brandon Bingaman, an assistant pro at Bent Tree Country Club, finished eighth in the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship Sunday at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Bingaman hit an even par 288, six strokes behind winner Domenico Geminiani of Florida. Dustin Nelson of Granbury’s Nutcracker Golf Club tied for 52nd.
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