KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The sizable lead that Jack Morris built through the first two rounds of the Tennessee Junior Amateur was never in doubt Thursday afternoon.
Entering the final day with a six-stroke cushion, the Franklin native increased the margin to as many as 10 strokes before finishing off a record-setting performance to win the 61st version of the championship at Three Ridges Golf Course.
Morris, who will be playing for Lipscomb University this fall, finished seven strokes ahead of Shelbyville’s Evan Woosley-Reed – a University of Tennessee commitment.
“It’s an awesome last (junior) tournament to have,” Morris said. “It gives me a lot of confidence and hopefully I can carry it in to this fall.”
“All my friends were playing this week, 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.”
Morris finished the tournament at 15-under-par (201) for the three days, built largely on his second-round 63 that equaled the record for the lowest round ever shot in the event.
He practically rewrote the Tennessee Junior Amateur record books with his performance. Here is a look at the tournament records that he either broke or equaled:
- 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 on Thursday, despite the fact that he had a double-bogey on 16 and a bogey on 7. He more than offset those with four birdies and an eagle on 12.
“I pretty much just went out there and tried to make my lead bigger today,” Morris said. “I didn’t really worry about where everybody else was at. I just played my game. It worked well the past two days.”
Over the three tournament rounds, Morris made 18 birdies and two eagles. He tapped in an easy par on 18 to conclude his tournament and was greeted by hugs from his parents as he walked off the green. A large contingent of his competitors waited around to congratulate him as he made his way to scoring.
Morris’ final-round 69 was one of 21 red numbers turned in by the field in the final round.
Carson Kammann of Knoxville head the low round of the day with a 6-under, 66 that vaulted him into a tie for third place at -5 for the tournament. Kammann began the day five under through five holes, which included making a 65-yard shot for eagle on the par four, 4th. A double bogey and a bogey briefly slowed his round, but he ended just as hot as he started with four birdies over his final five holes.
Woosley-Reed had a stellar tournament in his own right as his runner-up total of 208 featured rounds of 71-76-70. He played only three of the 54 total holes above par for the week.
Cameron Tankersley of Dickson joined Morris and Woosley-Reed as the only players in the field to shoot under par all three rounds. Tankersley went 70-70-71 to finish tied for third. Knoxville’s Lance Simpson – a University of Tennessee commitment – equaled Tankersley and Kammann at 211 with a 72-68-71 showing.
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)