Frisco’s Tommy Morrison, who committed to 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 would have enough George Washington University high school credits online to graduate early, and decided to take advantage of that to enroll in Texas after talking with his family and other advisors.
“It just felt like the right decision,” he said.
When he gets to Austin, Morrison’s 6-9 will be the tallest longhorn golfer of all time, eclipsing Phil Blackmar’s 6-7, who graduated from Texas in 1979.
“The biggest problem is just getting the clothes for him, getting the uniform,” Texas golf coach John Fields said with a chuckle.
“I hope to finish growing,” Morrison said. “I don’t need to grow up anymore.”
Morrison’s family moved to the Dallas area from North Carolina and he’s been on college coaches’ radar since he was in seventh grade.
“He’s been 6-7, 6-8 since I knew him, and I met him when he was in eighth grade,” said Fields, a Texas coach since 1997. “He was actually bigger than he is today. He’s pared back. He looks great. He looks like an athlete.” He is really tonal. He is powerful.”
Morrison, 18, said he chose Texas because of its success under Fields and the success of Texas players on the PGA Tour. Morrison has said that playing on the PGA Tour is his goal.
“What he’s done with this program and the people who’ve been on the PGA Tour, I don’t think it’s an accident,” Morrison said of Fields. “Success speaks for itself.”
The Fields couldn’t be happier to have Morrison on the roster a semester early.
“It will add a lot of competitiveness to our program,” Fields said. “Super guy. Great person, great. A true golfer. He’s been around so many different great people in golf that he kind of blends in with all the people he’s met.
He’s a really good player and he’s a really good guy, and we’re excited to have him.”
Among Morrison’s many accomplishments this year was a runner-up finish in the Amateur North and South Championship, one of seven events in the Elite Amateur Golf Series. (Sunnehanna Amateur, Northeast Amateur, Trans-Miss Amateur, Southern Amateur, Pacific Coast Amateur, and Western Amateur are the others).
He finished fourth in the inaugural Elite Amateur Cup after competing in six of seven tournaments.
In addition to the 2022 US Amateur exemption and the 2023 US Open Finalist exemption, each of the top five players will draft one Korn Ferry Tour event to play in. The list of five events includes the Veritex Bank Championship at the Texas Rangers Golf Club in Arlington. The draft order is determined upon completion in the Amateur Elite Cup. Each player has four to five days to choose.
Spieth, Scheffler, Zlatoris for cash
The Dallas players have also performed well in the PGA Tour’s Player Impact Program.
Tiger Woods earned a $15 million bonus for being ranked first in four of the five PIP categories. Rory McIlroy finished second with a $12 million bonus. Jordan Spieth narrowly beat Justin Thomas in third—Speth took home $9 million, Thomas $7.5 million—with John Rahm ($6 million) in fifth.
Masters champion Scotty Scheffler of Dallas came sixth ($5.5 million). The next four earned $5 million – Xander Schauffele, US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, Dallas Will Zalatoris and Tony Finau.
The bending tree helper has 10 times higher
Brandon Benjamin, assistant professional at Bent Tree Country Club, takes the eighth place in the PGA Professional Assistant Rental Club Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Sunday. 288, Benjamin shot a par six shots behind winner from Florida’s Domenico Geminiani. Dustin Nelson of Nutcracker Golf Club in Granbury is tied for 52nd.
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