Walter Morgan (golfer)

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Walter Morgan
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Walter T. Morgan
Born (1941-05-31) May 31, 1941 (age 73)
Haddock, Georgia
Nationality  United States
Career
Status Professional
Former tour(s) Champions Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
Champions Tour 3

Walter T. Morgan (born May 31, 1941) is an American professional golfer who has played on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour).

Morgan was born in Haddock, Georgia, where he played baseball in his youth. He served 20 years in the United States Army including two tours of duty in Vietnam. He began playing golf at the age of 30 after 10 years in the military.[1] After retiring from the military, Morgan joined the Champions Tour. He played on the tour from 1991 to 2004, winning three times.

Morgan holds or shares several Champions Tour records. He shares the lowest 18-hole round (60), lowest strokes to par score (11), and the record for the largest lead in a tournament after 18 holes with several other golfers. Morgan is also the holder of the youngest golfer to shoot his age or better record.[2] He was eventually forced to retire from the game in 2004 for health reasons due to arthritis in his back and shoulders.[1]

Morgan has received several Champions Tour awards. He received the 1995 Comeback Player of the Year award, and was Champions Tour Player of the Month in September 1995 and March 1996. He was also the recipient of the 2006 African-American Legend of Golf award.

Morgan and his wife, Geraldine, founded a First Tee chapter, The First Tee of Lake Norman Region, a non-profit organization that develops and supports programs promoting life skills and opportunities including the incorporation of junior golf programs for disadvantaged and special needs youth.[3]

Professional wins[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Sep 10, 1995 GTE Northwest Classic –13 (68-69-70=207) 3 strokes United States Dave Stockton
2 Mar 3, 1996 FHP Health Care Classic –11 (62-71-66=199) Playoff South Africa Gary Player
3 Jul 28, 1996 Ameritech Senior Open –11 (63-70-72=205) 2 strokes South Africa John Bland

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1996 FHP Health Care Classic South Africa Gary Player Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other senior wins[edit]

  • 2002 Uniting Fore Care Classic (Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions event)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Walter Morgan: Champions Tour Winner". Golf Conversations. August 4, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ ""Age-Shooter" Records in Golf". About.com. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "The First Tee celebrates grand opening in Lake Norman". PGA Tour. May 3, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 

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