Student athlete awarded by Golf Saskatchewan

By Jamie Harkins

June 7, 2017 2:08 PM

Austin Morrison makes a putt on the 17 green, during the final round of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre on Sunday. The local golfer was recently awarded a scholarship from Golf Saskatchewan. Jamie Harkins/Meridian Booster

A local athlete’s chance to earn a living through the sport of golf has taken another step forward.

Austin Morrison, 18, was awarded the Meredith MacPherson-Stalwick Memorial Scholarship, which is valued at $1,009, by the Saskatchewan Academic and Golf Excellence (SAGE) program last Wednesday.

SAGE is a post-secondary scholarship program run by Golf Saskatchewan, that benefits deserving student candidates who have made major accomplishments in academics and golf in the province.

Morrison said the award will be used to help pay his tuition at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont. this fall, when the 2016 Holy Rosary High School graduate begins studying toward a Golf Facilities Operations Management degree.

He said strong academic marks in high school and during his past year at Lakeland College played the biggest role in receiving the scholarship, with extra weight falling on his devotion to the sport.

“I love the game of golf,” said Morrison.

“I want to keep playing it for the rest of my life, but at the same time, I want to be able to do something after school that interests me.”

It took a year of studying Business Management at Lakeland College to convince Morrison he should continue in that field.

The decision to attend Georgian College simply came down to it being the closest school to Lloydminster that offers the Golf Facilities Operations Management program.

Morrison noted he’ll spend the majority of his time this summer at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre, in an attempt to try and get his game to a post-secondary level.

The weekends are usually when he gets rounds in due to his job at the course, but there are always times most weekdays when a bit of work at the driving range and putting green can fit in.

“They have a golf team there,” he said. “I have to try out just like everyone else, so I’ll go there and hopefully I can make the team first year.”


More News

Late press opens holes in Rustlers' defence

The Lakeland College Rustlers men’s futsal team fell just short of capturing their eighth straight Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) medal. more »

Rustlers prep for national basketball championships

The Lakeland College Rustlers men’s basketball team didn’t take a celebratory team photo following the conclusion of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) championship final. more »

Vikings sink Rustlers' medal hopes

The Rustlers gave up three unanswered goals in the opening 25 minutes of their must-win Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Futsal Championships match against the Camrose University of Alberta… more »

more »