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December 20, 2009

Area golf pro Steve Morris heading south

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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Veteran golf pro Steve Morris will soon head to the Daytona Beach area to work with the North Florida Section PGA.

Veteran golf pro Steve Morris will soon head to the Daytona Beach area to work with the North Florida Section PGA.

Steve Morris will soon be packing his clubs and leaving the snow shovel behind to head to Florida and begin a new chapter in his golfing career.  He has accepted the position as the Director of Operations and Events for the North Florida Section PGA.  He and Linda will relocate to the Daytona Beach area.

Morris has been the golf professional at most of this area’s golf courses over the past 20 years. He started out with the legendary blind pro, Greg Matthews, at Pine View and stayed there for many years.  He was also the general manager at Sauganash and Angels Crossing and spent last season at Island Hills.

“I would tease Klinger Lake pro and local Pat Haggerty to watch his back because his facility could be next,” chuckled Steve.  “I always considered myself lucky to go to work every day and be around golfers and the game I love.  I’ve made many friends and acquaintances and it will be hard to say goodbye, but it seems a little easier now that it’s winter!”

His new career will be quite different than that of a club professional.  He’ll be handling day to day operations, coordinating the tournaments and managing the website that serve the Section’s over 1500 fellow PGA Professionals.  He’ll be involved with sponsors, the annual merchandise show and some major tour events.

Morris said, “I got lucky again to be able to stay involved in my career in golf. It’s a tough market right now and to come out on top of over 100 candidates was fulfilling and the hiring process sure creates anxiety until the selection is final.”

Morris said, “I will never forget this area and the people.  It was the perfect place to work, play and raise my family.”

Morris heads out to report for duty on January 4th.  As it seems in life, things happen fast.  The North Florida Section is the host of the annual PGA Merchandise Show coming up the last week in January.  So, it’s ‘hit the ground running’ and ‘into the fire’ for Steve as he begins a new journey in his golfing career.


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