Thomas Morrison Leads Round One of the 48th Southern Junior Championship

Fayetteville, AR (August 12, 2020) - First round results of the 48th Southern Junior Championship of the Southern Golf Association hosted by The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, AR on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (7063 yards, par 36--36--72, 75.8/152).

Thomas Morrison of Dallas, Texas challenged the difficult terrain of The Blessings by firing an impressive five-under 67 to lead round one. Morrison’s stunning card included 10 birdies, nine pars and two bogeys to open the Championship. His calm and composed mentality marked a stellar day of play. “I tried to keep it in front of me all day, playing conservatively,” Morrison said. “It worked out pretty well.”

Blazing into second is Atlanta, Georgia’s very own Harris Barth who posted a three-under 69. Barth’s day featured six birdies, nine pars and three bogeys. Demonstrating great tenacity in the first round, Barth remains two-strokes behind Morrison. Standing third place, Hudson Weibel of Dallas, Texas carded one-under 71. The Southern Junior noted two stand-out shots by Alejandro Alonso of Spring, Texas and Luke Haskew of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Proving grit and talent, each player holed an eagle on the back nine (Nos. 10 & 15), despite the challenging landscape of the course.

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Round 1 Notes
  • Field average score: 77.34
  • 2 eagles posted in round one
  • 284 birdies posted in round one
  • 3 players broke par
  • Easiest Hole: #2 - 545-yard par 5 (4.82)
  • Hardest Hole: #13 - 213-yard par 3 (3.72)
Round two begins on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 7:15 a.m. off #1 tee at The Blessings Golf Club.

Format: The field of 120 players will be cut to the low 48 players and ties after 36 holes. The lowest score for 54 holes will be the Champion. In the event of a tie for the Championship, a "sudden death" hole-by-hole playoff will be held immediately following play. The playoff holes and their order of play will be determined by the SGA Rules Committee. Initial groupings will be for two rounds; the field will be cut and re-grouped by score after the second round, for the third round.

Eligibility: Entries are open to any male amateur golfer who has a current Handicap Index® not exceeding 8.4 under the World Handicap System as of the close of entries, and has reached his 14th birthday by June 17, 2020, but not his 19th birthday by June 19, 2020.

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About the Southern Golf Association (SGA)
The Southern Golf Association, founded in 1902, is one of the oldest golf organizations and serves member clubs over a 15-state area. Recognized by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Regional Golf Associations as one of the leaders in the promotion of Amateur Golf, SGA championships are selected for inclusion as criteria for selecting players for USGA and State team competitions. Through the years, SGA Champions have been chosen to represent various state golf associations in selected team competitions, including the Walker Cup and World Amateur. The SGA is host to the Southern Junior Championship as well as the Southern Amateur Championship and hosts the international award, the “Amateur of the Month”, to a deserving amateur golfer on a monthly basis.


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