Laurel School freshman golfer Jami Morris is the Cleveland Jewish News-Buffalo Wild Wings Warrensville Heights Player of the Week.
Morris, 15, finished third in her age group at the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals April 1 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. She earned 22 overall points, putting her just behind the top two finishers, who had 23 and 24.5 points each. Morris, a Chagrin Falls resident, played golf for the Laurel Gators in the fall and has been playing the sport for more than three years. She said she was happy with her finish in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.
“I was actually looking to place first, of course, but I’m very happy with third,” Morris said.
She compared playing at Augusta National to a child attending Disneyland for the first time or a tennis player getting to play at Wimbledon.
“It was unreal,” she said. “They treated you like royalty.”
She said the drive portion of the tournament went “pretty well” and said she did “OK” on the chipping portion, with her first chip being better than her second. She earned a perfect 10 points on her drive, the top drive score in her age group, and scored an 8 for her chipping. But, she said her putting was “not good” and she earned a 4 for her efforts in that category.
“The greens (at Augusta National) were what I expected, but I didn’t think they would break as much (as they did),” Morris said.
Morris said she plans to play for Laurel School’s golf team next season and hopes her team will advance to the state tournament. She said a personal goal for her is to place in the top three individually.