Self-taught John Morgan, a former University of Michigan golfer, compiled a remarkable playing record as evidenced by the Golf Association of Michigan naming him the Player of the Decade for the 1980s.
During that decade he won the Michigan Amateur, two GAM Championships and two of his three Michigan Mid-Amateur Championships. He was also the GAM Player of the Year in 1990.
Playing first as a member of the Michigan Publinx Golf Association and making its Honor Roll in 1981 and 1982, Morgan also made the GAM Honor Roll 11 times in a span from 1983-95.
Morgan’s golf resume beyond the state’s borders includes playing in three United States Amateur Championships and four U.S. Mid-Amateurs, including the 1991 Mid-Amateur where he reached the quarterfinal round of match play.
A young Morgan thought he was headed for a Division II school in Pennsylvania after two years at Oakland Community College on a team that went to the national finals, but five hours at the Michigan Amateur changed things.
An assistant coach at the University of Michigan, Jim Lipe, was on a practice range at Belvedere next to him after Morgan had been eliminated in an extra-holes match by fellow Hall of Fame member Bud Stevens. Lipe told Morgan he was wanted at Michigan.
Morgan is currently a member at Detroit Golf Club and involved in a leadership role with the annual Horton Smith Invitational.