By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Luke Morgan, 11, from Stillwater learned to swing a golf club at a very young age.
“I swung my first golf club when I was 2,” Morgan said.
Over the last three years, Morgan has been playing golf competitively and recently won two tournaments. On Tuesday, Morgan won a Junior PGA tournament at Lew Wentz Golf Course in Ponca City. Last week, Morgan won the South Central PGA Bill Nicklas Junior Championship at KickingBird Golf Course in Edmond.
“It feels really good,” Morgan said. “I want to play golf every day. I practice almost every day at Lakeside.”
Morgan said golf runs in his family and grew up to like the sport.
“My uncle is really good at golf,” Morgan said. “I just started playing and learning from my dad, granddad and stepdad. They just kind of taught me to play, encouraged me and all that.”
Morgan said he likes watching professional golf and understands it would take a lot for him to compete with.
“I like to think they are so much better than I am,” Morgan said. “I got to practice a lot more to be as good as they are.”
The 11-year-old hasn’t been to a professional tournament but that may change soon as Morgan is competing in the Masters Tournament Foundations’ Drive, Chip and Putt contests.
“I got picked to go to Dallas (on June 7) and got second overall,” Morgan said. “In August, I get to go back to Texas and if I win that, I go to the championship at Augusta National. If I win, I get to go to the Masters next year.”
Morgan said his favorite golfer is Tiger Woods because he wins a lot.
“When I was tiny, (Woods) won every tournament,” Morgan said. “I wanted to be just like him.”
It may be awhile before Morgan competes for a green jacket like his idol. On Thursday and Friday, Morgan is competing in the National Junior PGA sectionals at Lakeside Memorial Golf Course for a chance to compete in the national tournament.
“There are pretty good kids playing in that tournament, but I feel like I have a good chance.”
Morgan will be entering the sixth grade at Stillwater Middle School this fall and still plans to make regular visits to the golf course.
“I plan to play a lot of golf with my uncle and mom,” Morgan said.