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Johnny Morris, founding father of Huge Cedar Lodge and its 5 golf programs, has been named the recipient of the fortieth Previous Tom Morris Award offered by the GCSAA. Morris can be honored Feb. 9 on the Ship-Off Celebration on the 2023 GCSAA Convention and Commerce Present in Orlando.

The Previous Tom Morris Award is offered to a person who, by way of a seamless lifetime dedication to the sport of golf, has helped to mildew the welfare of the sport in a fashion and magnificence exemplified by Previous Tom Morris. Previous Tom Morris was a four-time British Open winner and the legendary greenkeeper at St. Andrews in Scotland.

“Johnny Morris and Previous Tom Morris share the identical sense of ingenuity and love for the sport of golf,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans he mentioned. “His dedication to the surroundings, respect for superintendents and his contributions to the expansion of the sport make Johnny an ideal alternative for the Previous Tom Morris Award.”

Morris, who based Bass Professional Retailers, is a conservationist who created Huge Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri, as a vacation spot for households and pals to attach within the nice open air. The resort, situated within the Ozark Mountains, touts being environmentally acutely aware in the whole lot they do.

Morris used golf as an avenue to get folks out to get pleasure from nature. After buying the Huge Cedar property in 1987, he had Jack Nicklaus design High of the Rock in 1996, attractive extra entry to the gorgeous space which overlooks Desk Rock Lake.

“On behalf of the Huge Cedar Golf staff, I’m honored to just accept this glorious award,” Morris mentioned. “We’re happy with the reception our nature golf expertise has obtained from golfers from throughout six continents who’ve come to play with us. Our golf programs are an exquisite technique to deliver pals and households nearer to nature and to one another.”

Renovation was achieved on Nicklaus’ 9-hole, par-3 creation and it reopened in 2014. On the similar time Buffalo Ridge, one other Huge Cedar Lodge course eight miles down the hill, was renovated by Tom Fazio.

Morris added Mountain High, a 13-hole, Gary Participant-design, to the Huge Cedar Lodge household in 2017. Invoice Coore and Ben Crenshaw’s Ozarks Nationwide opened in 2019 and Payne Valley, a 19-hole Tiger Woods design, debuted in 2020.

“Having the ability to design Payne’s Valley, my first public golf course, with Johnny was a dream come true for me and my TGR Design staff,” Woods mentioned. “Johnny’s ardour for the Ozarks and connecting folks with the outside is infectious. It was an honor to be a part of serving to Johnny make Huge Cedar Lodge one of many subsequent nice golf locations.”

The 4,600-acre property additionally contains Arnie’s Barn, a 150-year-old barn relocated from Arnold Palmer’s yard in Latrobe, Pa. There may be additionally a Tom Watson-designed placing course at Mountain High. Palmer (1983), Watson (1992), Fazio (1996), Crenshaw (1997), Nicklaus (2005) and Participant (2020) are all earlier Previous Tom Morris Award recipients.

From 2014-19 Huge Cedar hosted the PGA Tour Champions’ Bass Professional Retailers Legends of Golf, which included play on Ozarks Nationwide, Buffalo Ridge and High of the Rock.

His a long time within the golf trade have developed Morris’ deep appreciation for superintendents and the work that they do.

“Our superintendents and golf staff take nice pleasure in the best way they preserve these programs and actually put their coronary heart into making them distinctive. All of us share a ardour to keep up our programs to world-class requirements, and to do issues proper by the surroundings. We’re very happy with our Audubon Signature standing,” mentioned Morris, a previous recipient of the celebrated Audubon medal.

Not solely do Morris’ golf programs join folks to nature, however they’ve helped in Morris’ philanthropic deeds. The Faculty of the Ozarks was The Legends of Golf match’s recipient of proceeds. Morris has additionally paid for struggle memorials honoring veterans and their households on the school. Bass Professional Retailers hosts an annual Event of Champions highschool basketball match, which options groups from across the nation.

Morris was born in Springfield, Missouri, and earned a level at Drury College. He started promoting fishing tools at the back of his father’s liquor retailer when he was 21 years previous. That enterprise would ultimately change into Bass Professional Retailers.

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