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Morrison, many enjoy 83rd CCC Invite

Cory Schultz, who tied for a second-place finish in the Cloquet Invitational, watches his chip shot on the 12th hole Sunday at Cloquet Country Club. Steve Kuchera/ 1 / 2
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CLOQUET—As a passionate golfer since his adolescence, Cloquet’s Brett Morrison has walked down the Cloquet Country Club’s 18th hole plenty of times before.

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But never had it felt like it did last Sunday.

That’s because the 19-year-old Morrison was walking the private course’s par-3 finale in the last championship flight group of the 83rd Annual Cloquet Invitational, with golf carts, patrons and nostalgia surrounding the 180-yard closing hole.

For Morrison, a 2013 Cloquet High School graduate, it was even more meaningful, as he was playing in just his second invitational — an event golfers must be 18 years old to participate in — and it was his first time in the championship flight.

His dual scores of 74 on Friday and Saturday put him in the final group of leaders Sunday, but an 80 on that day meant Morrison finished tied for sixth at 228.

Morrison, a Cloquet varsity golfer for four years and state golf qualifier his senior season, has only improved since then. His father, Shane, caddied for him on Sunday, and Brett didn’t forget to capture the moment on the 18th.

“I took a picture of it, it was nuts — golf carts were surrounding the green,” said Morrison of the short fairway. “I wish I would have done better — it would have been awesome to win it — but I’ll be playing in this until I die. Walking down 18 is something that I will never forget.”

Never out of contention was the tournament winner, another young golfer, Hermantown’s Trent Sundbom. The 18-year-old, who will golf at Bemidji State University next fall, shot a 220, with a 69 on Sunday, edging past second place winners Brian Moores and Cory Schultz, who each shot 221.

“I was trying to keep my eye off the scoreboard as much as I could,” Sundbom, who wasn’t even in the final group, told the Duluth News Tribune after his single-stroke victory.

Victory again eluded Cloquet legend John Sheff, 51, who as a CCC member since the age of 9 has been runner-up 14 times. In his 32nd invite, he tied with Morrison at 228.

“I hung in there,” said Sheff, also crediting the young Morrison afterward. “But like Brett, I was trying to have fun.”

Aaron Young, 42, was the highest finishing CCC member on the weekend, carding a 226, good for fifth. Although it was his best-ever finish, Young too, was impressed with Morrison, a former Cloquet Middle School student he taught.

“It’s great when a youngster can put together three solid rounds,” said Young. “We were all very proud at the CCC.”

CCC Assistant General Manager Matt Carlson said approximately 150 golfers participated in the Invitational.