Morrison, Douglas advance to StateBrett Morrison said there was nothing easy about sitting out before the final round of the boys golf sections last year. Now, the Cloquet senior is sitting in the boys state golf meet. Morrison mounted a remarkable turnaround from his junior season, as
Brett Morrison said there was nothing easy about sitting out before the final round of the boys golf sections last year.
Now, the Cloquet senior is sitting in the boys state golf meet.
Morrison mounted a remarkable turnaround from his junior season, as the right-hander will now make his first-ever state appearance next week at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn. Morrison, in his fourth year of varsity, shot a two-day, 36-hole score of 151 at the Section 7AAA meet at Hinckley’s Grand National Golf Club, good for fourth overall.
In fact, Morrison was the overall leader following day-one preliminaries on Memorial Day. His even-par 72 was the only score not over par and topped all 77 golfers, opposed to his balloon mark of 95 on opening day last season, en route to elimination.
“I didn’t want to put another mediocre round up like last year,” said Morrison, who improved by 23 strokes. “I changed a little bit mentally and really, didn’t want to put any pressure on myself. I guess the rest was history.”
Morrison made history, noting Cloquet Athletic Director Tom Lenarz congratulated him when he returned home last Tuesday.
“He said I was the first kid he’s seen go to State in his 10 years here,” Morrison said. “State is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, so I’m just going to go soak it in. My golf game was complete [at sections]. It was probably the best that I’ve played all year.”
First-year Cloquet-Esko Coach Jon Horbacz agreed, adding that Morrison was at the course more than anyone else.
“He loves the game,” Horbacz said. “We’d get back from an 18-hole meet and he would go play another nine or 18 more.”
Living just minutes from the Cloquet Country Club, where he is a member, Morrison now has to miss his New Wine road trip to Texas with his younger sister and golf teammate, Rachel.
“He’s just the tech guy — I’m sure we can fill him in,” Rachel said with a laugh. “I think he’ll have a lot of fun golfing.”
It doesn’t get more fun than how Moose Lake-Willow River sophomore Gabe Douglas qualified for his first-ever state meet.
Battling an up-and-down final nine holes at last week’s Section 7AA meet in Grand Rapids, the right-handed Douglas aced Pokegama Golf Course’s par-3, 204-yard 15th hole with his three iron in the wind. It was the 16-year-old’s first hole-in-one.
“I thought maybe it went over the back [of the green], but I went up there and it was sitting in the hole,” said Douglas, who shot a combined 153 to qualify for next week’s state meet at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn. “I’ll never forget that.”
“I’m happy for him,” added older junior brother Grant Douglas, who missed state by two strokes. “He deserves it.”
ML-WR Coach Steve Mokros missed his rare ace.
“I had just left when he hit a ball out of bounds on 12,” Mokros said. “I then checked my texts — you just never know.”