Morris Memorial Golf Tourney Helps Phs Football Team

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The big winners in the Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament were the Payson High School football program and a PHS graduate who next fall will be awarded a scholarship.

The annual benefit links fray, which drew a full contingent of 28 teams, was played June 21 at Payson Golf Course.

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Kye Evans gets in a few practice putts before the Jack Morris tournament scramble begins Saturday, June 21 at Payson Golf Course.

The tournament earned about $8,300 of which $1,500 will fund the scholarship and about $6,800 goes to the football team.

Coach Josh Anderson has called the money earned at the annual benefit crucial to the success of the football program.

This year's scholarship winner was Jack Morris' daughter, Courtney, who says she plans to attend Northern Arizona University.

Previous winners were Carlos Lopez, Jadyn Walden and Donnie Wilbanks

The tournament is played each year in the memory of Jack Morris, who died Feb. 23, 2004 of complications from a stroke.

Morris was 34 at the time of his death and an assistant coach for the Longhorns.

In 1998, he was the line coach on the undefeated Longhorn football team that won the Class 3A state championship.

Morris also coached football at Rim Country Middle School, and later led PHS freshman and jayvee teams to undefeated seasons.

In 1986, he was a senior member of the PHS team that reached the state championship where it lost a 7-0 heartbreaker to Snowflake.

He graduated from Payson High School in 1987. His jersey number (70) was retired in 2004 during homecoming halftime ceremonies on Longhorn field. His jersey number now hangs in Wilson Dome.

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