Recent graduate wins prestigious Jack Nicklaus Award
Standout Centre athlete Chris Morris ’11 has recently added another feat to his already outstanding record. Following his first-place finish at the men’s golf Division III national title on Friday, May 13, Morris has been named a 2011 Jack Nicklaus Award recipient as a GCAA Collegiate Player of the Year.
The Jack Nicklaus Award was created in 1988 by Big Ten and NCAA Champion Jack Nicklaus. Morris, along with fellow award recipients Patrick Cantlay (UCLA), Alex Carpenter (Abilene Christian), Oscar Stark (Oklahoma Christian) and Brandt Garon (Meridian Community College), was honored during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, just outside of Nicklaus’ hometown of Columbus.
A native of Maysville, Ky., Morris helped lead the Centre men’s golf team to one of their best seasons in school history this spring. After the Division III victory, he received the Arnold Palmer Award presented by Callaway for being the national championship medalist, and he became a PING First Team All-American for his performance. This victory was one of eight for Morris in 2010-11. During the season, he was also named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, a Division III PING All-South Region Team member and an All-SCAC First-Team member. As well, he was selected as the Co-Male Student Athlete of the Year at Centre.
Most recently, Morris finished second in the Kentucky State Amateur Championship at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington.