Coming in as one of the favorites, Tommy Morrison lived up to the hype and took care of business, at least in the stroke-play portion of the championship, earning medalist honors at the 75th U.S. Junior Amateur.
Morrison, 18, of Dallas, Texas, the second oldest player in the field, carded a 3-under par 69 on Tuesday on Daniel Island Club’s Ralston Creek Course to earn the top seed as the championship moves to match play. The round followed up a 66 on Monday that left him in a five-way tie for the lead. Morrison had 10 birdies and one eagle over his 36 holes of stroke play, which took place at both the Ralston Creek and Beresford Creek Courses, resulting in an 8-under par 135.
Morrison, who enrolled early at the University of Texas and played in seven events in the spring of 2023, earlier this year competed alongside former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, also in South Carolina nearby on Kiawah Island.
“It means a lot,” said Morrison of medalist honors. “I want to win as many medals and trophies as I can. Any USGA medal is a good one.”
The four Oklahomans in the field did not advance to match play. They were Bliss Newton of Lonegrove (83-76), Banks Cozby of Tulsa (81-78), Mason Haley of Enid (78-77) and Evan Weaver of Pryor (91-WD).
Complete stroke play results and live scoring for match play are here.