Morris, Rebel golf off to a fast start this fall

Posted on Nov 6 2012 - 2:17am by Lacey Russell

The Ole Miss men’s golf team competed in five tournaments this fall and walked away with victories at two of those events — the Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesburg and the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Los Cabo, Mexico — due in large part to the play of sophomore Blake Morris.
As a freshman, Morris played in nine tournaments. He had one top-10 finish and two top-20 finishes. He finished second on the team with a 72.96 stroke average.
So far this season, Morris has four top-5 finishes through five tournaments played.
“It’s pretty special,” the Waterbury, Conn., native said. “Very close to getting individual wins. It’s just a matter of being patient and continuing to do the right thing. I’ll get there.”
Despite his accomplishments on an individual level, Morris quickly shifted the focus to the success of the team.
“So far, I’m very pleased with the team,” he said. “I think we’re ranked top 40 in the nation right now as a team. I’m very happy with the progress that everyone is making. I think we have exceeded expectations. I’m very proud of how we’re playing.”
Morris has many goals for himself and the team. He wants the Rebels to reach the NCAA finals this year, after missing the regionals last year. He feels the Rebels are on track to reach that goal. As far as his accomplishments, he is not shy about his intentions.
“I’d like to be the SEC Player of the Year,” he said. “I’m on a good track to do that so far. I just need a couple things to go here and there. Individually, I think I’m really molding into an All-American.”
Morris knows his style, and he knows how he has to beat his opponents. He takes pride in doing a little bit of everything to take down his opponents. He compares his “grind it out” style to Alabama on the football field.
“I beat you with sameness,” he said. “I’m not going to beat anyone with flashiness. I just do things very well, and I don’t make mistakes. Mentally, I think I am very strong.”
After a strong freshman season, Morris knows that he still has a way to go in his game, and he is ready to progress as his career goes on.
“I have to continually mold my game into a game that will compete at the highest level in professional golf,” he said. “I still have a lot of work to do in the next three to four years.”
The Rebel golf team will return to action in the John Hayt Invitational in Ponte Vedra, Fla., on Feb. 24 to begin its spring season.