Recent Saint Martin's College grad qualifies for 2003 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Lacey, Wash. - Chris Morrow, a four-year member of the
Saint Martin’s College NCAA Division II golf team and a May graduate of
the college, has qualified for a berth in the prestigious 2003 U.S.
Amateur Public Links Championship.
tourney, which gives exposure to many public course players, will be
July 14-19 at the Blue Heron Pines Golf Club near Atlantic City, N.J.
The second largest amateur tournament in the country, the U.S. Publinks
Amateur pits 156 top amateur golfers from public golf courses.
Morrow snared one of two available spots, beating out
50 other golfers in a qualifying tournament June 16-17 at Port Orchard’s
Trophy Lake Golf and Casting Club. He shot rounds of 68 and 74, coming
in two under par for the two-day event. The other qualifier is John
Cassidy, Yelm, who is enrolling at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The winner of the championship gets an automatic berth
in next year’s Master’s Tour and custody of the James D. Standish Jr.
Cup. Those who do well also begin accumulating points to qualify for
other amateur tournaments.
Calling him “by far the Saints’ best and most
consistent player in recent years,” Saint Martin’s Coach Kurt Kageler
said that Morrow improved dramatically from his freshman to his
sophomore year, then took off like a rocket.
“He was our best player, often placing in the top five
or the top 10 at tournaments and earning Academic All-American honors
his junior year,” Kageler said. “Chris has been a terrific young man to
have in our golf program - he’s the kind of person you can really get
behind and root for and want to be successful. He - along with his
co-player and roommate Aaron Hare -- have also helped the Saints golf
team gain greater national recognition.”
Saint Martin’s Assistant Golf Coach Todd Abbott, who
has helped coach Morrow for four years and will caddy for him at the
Atlantic City tournament, said, “He works so hard at his game and he’s a
good student of the game. He has taken every opportunity that has been
given to him and succeeded.”
Morrow, who graduated from Edmonds’ Kings High School,
came to Saint Martin’s on a golf scholarship. While he received his
bachelor’s degree in computer science, he has postponed his professional
career in that direction to pursue a golf career, Abbott said. Morrow
currently works at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course’s Pro Shop.
The Saint Martin’s College men’s golf team was
established 14 years ago, and the women’s team seven years ago. The
men’s team is nationally ranked and last year, was ranked as high as
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