Walter Morgan (golfer)
|Full name||Walter T. Morgan|
May 31, 1941 |
|Former tour(s)||Champions Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||3|
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. 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. He was eventually forced to retire from the game in 2004 for health reasons due to arthritis in his back and shoulders.
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.
Senior PGA Tour wins (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Sep 10, 1995||GTE Northwest Classic||–13 (68-69-70=207)||3 strokes||Dave Stockton|
|2||Mar 3, 1996||FHP Health Care Classic||–11 (62-71-66=199)||Playoff||Gary Player|
|3||Jul 28, 1996||Ameritech Senior Open||–11 (63-70-72=205)||2 strokes||John Bland|
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||1996||FHP Health Care Classic||Gary Player||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Other senior wins
- 2002 Uniting Fore Care Classic (Georgia-Pacific Grand Champions event)
- "Walter Morgan: Champions Tour Winner". Golf Conversations. August 4, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2010.
- ""Age-Shooter" Records in Golf". About.com. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- "The First Tee celebrates grand opening in Lake Norman". PGA Tour. May 3, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2011.