Golf Tourney Raises Thousands In Scholarship Money

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The Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament was a success attracting 13 foursomes and earning thousands of dollars for great causes.

“We had a very successful tournament again in 2009,” said tournament director and Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club member Gary Cordell. “We have been blessed with very generous participants and patrons ... I am always amazed at the enthusiasm of all involved.

The first $1,500 of the money earned will go to the Jack Morris Memorial Scholarship, which this year went to Jeff Day, a 2009 Payson High School graduate.

Previous scholarships have gone to Donnie Wilbanks, Jadyn Walden, Carlos Lopez and Courtney Morris, Jack Morris’ elder daughter.

The remainder of the money benefits the Payson High School football program.

Among those in the tournament field was newly appointed Longhorn football coach Matt Mayo who used the occasion to meet for the first time some of the team’s fans and boosters.

Dr. Jon Dacaney, Christina Suapaia, Sammy Suapaia and Oli Kalolo formed the winning team.

Closest-to-the-pin winners were Perry Tinnin, Nick Alexander and Steve Goss. Sammy Suapaia won the longest drive award.

Following the tournament, Cordell said, “A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the people who get involved every year.”

Remembering Jack

Many who participated in the memorial fray were friends and family of Morris who died Feb. 23, 2004 of complications from a stroke.

He was 34 at the time of his death and an assistant coach for the Longhorn football team.

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

Morris also coached football at Rim Country Middle School.

His jersey number during his play days, 70, has been retired and hangs in Wilson Dome.

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