When you add up all the accomplishments Anna Morgan has achieved in the last year or so, it is easy for just about everyone to see the Furman rising senior is one of the best college golfers in the country.
But it is taking a little time for Morgan to believe what everyone else knows.
“I was in some pretty exclusive company at the NCAA,” said Morgan. ” I looked around at the other girls playing, who are some really good golfers, I guess that means I’m pretty good too. But it hasn’t completely sunk in,” she said.
A very good week at the NCAA Championship in Arizona is another reason to cause Morgan to change her mind, just a little.
Morgan was a fixture near the top of the leader board in every round and finished in a tie for ninth place in medal play.
There are not many golfers in the country who have put together a year that can match Morgan’s junior campaign.
Starting with this college season Morgan won two college events, The Lady Paladin Invitational and the UNF Intercollegiate.
In eleven college events Morgan finished in the top-5 seven times. She only missed the top-15 in two tournaments during the year.
She held the first round lead at the prestigious Darrius Rucker Invitational, perhaps the strongest field in a regular season women’s college event and played in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, made the cut and finished 21st.
Morgan helped her Furman teammates win the SoCon Championship and then qualified for the US Open which begins next week in Pinehurst.
With her record it was no surprise she was voted the SoCon Player of the Year and was named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-America second team.
“Anna has had an incredible year and is very deserving of player of the year honors,” said Furman coach Jeff Hull. “Winning her first two college events and being ranked as high as she is are among the reasons she is one of the best in the country. With this accolade, she joins a very elite list of Furman women’s golfers to have earned this distinction,” he added.
At the NCAA Regional in Stillwater, the Furman team missed advancing to the national championship, but Morgan matched the low round of the tournament in her final round with a 5-under par 67.
She moved up 14 places in the final round and earned a trip to the NCAA Championship.
Morgan played in the NCAA Championship as an individual. It wasn’t a culture shock since she played many individual events outside the college season, but it was different.
“It was exciting to be there and the course was super nice, but I wish my teammates could have been there with me. My coaches and my Dad where with me. There wasn’t much mixing with the other players. It was golf, practice, dinner and get some rest,” she said.
While at the NCAA Championship, Morgan was added to the Arnold Palmer Cup team. She joins the United States team that will play top European players in Geneva, Switzerland late in June.
The American team will be coached by Easley native and Ole’ Miss coach Kory Henkes. NCAA Champion Rose Zhang from Stanford and ACC Champion Rachel Kuehn from Wake Forest are other prominent players on the team.
“I’ve never been to Europe. I think it is going to be a great experience and I know it is going to be fun,” she said.
The next important ranking will come out in a week or so. Morgan was ranked 29th before the NCAA Championship and her ninth place finish will certainly move her up.
Maybe after the new rankings are published she can start to feel comfortable about her place among the best players in the college game.
“I guess I’m starting to realize that I am better than I thought. I still look at myself as a little kid practicing and just having fun playing golf,” concluded Morgan.