Lipscomb signee dominates at TN Junior Amateur

Lipscomb incoming freshman Jack Morris didn’t just win another tournament on Friday. He set records along the way. Ten, to be exact.

Morris entered the final day of the tournament with a six-stroke lead and never looked back as the Franklin native surged past the competition to post a 15-under-par score of 201 and claim the 61st Tennessee Junior Amateur championship at Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville.

Morris’ name now appears in the tournament record books for several impressive feats including:

  • lowest score for 54 holes (201)
  • lowest score to par 54 holes (-15)
  • lowest score for 18 holes (63, tied)
  • lowest score to par 18 holes (-9)
  • lowest score for nine holes (-6)
  • lowest score first 36 holes (132, tied)
  • lowest score to part first 36 (-12, tied)
  • lowest score final 36 holes (132)
  • lowest score to par final 36 (-12)

"It's an awesome last (junior) tournament to have," Morris said in an interview with the Tennessee Golf Association. "It gives me a lot of confidence and hopefully I can carry it into this fall. All my friends were playing this week, so it was awesome to play with them. It's nice to see all of my hard work pay off."

Morris’ accomplishment is even more impressive when taken into account just how dominant he was. His second-round score of 63 was the lowest round ever recorded at the event, and he won the tournament by seven strokes over second-place finisher and University of Tennessee commit Evan Woosley-Reed.

Despite a bogey on hole 7 and a double-bogey on hole 16, Morris countered with four birdies and an eagle on hole 12 to finish with a final-round score of 69. He finished with 18 birdies and two eagles in the tournament and led by as many as 10 strokes. 

“I pretty much just went out there and tried to make my lead bigger today,” Morris continued.  “I didn’t really worry about where everybody else was at. I just played my game. It worked well the past two days.”

Morris was one of just three golfers to shoot under par in all three rounds, joining Woosley-Reed and Dickson County’s Cameron Tankersley, who finished tied for third place.

Morris helped lead the Franklin High School boys golf team to its first-ever state title during his senior season in 2019-20. 

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