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August 23, 2017

1937 Golfer below par for 147 holes played in one day on the Warrensburg MO course, he took 555 - par was 589

Wilson Morris, the son of Dr. Wilson C. Morris, Record Setting Golf Day at Warrensburg, MO

Note- Not Wilson Morris, but the type of attire he might have worn 
(This is the legendary Bobby Jones)
Day's Golf America: Twenty-one year old golfer below par for 147 holes played in one day on the Warrensburg, Missouri course, he took 555 shots for the 147, for which par was 589. For the witness he took a partner, Jack Bishop, who gave up after 99 holes. When they had started at 5 am the first green could not be seen clearly. After Bishop's retirement a caddy and another witness helped Morris around.
Warrensburg Missouri Golf Course 1930's - today known as Hidden Pines

Wilson Morris, Warrensburg, MO
Unknown golfer at Warrensburg Golf Course 1930's
HE PLAYS REAL GOLF - 147 HOLES IN A DAY (By Associated Press) Warrensburg, Mo. - It May or May not be a record, but when Wilson D. Morris. 21, finished playing 147 holes of golf over the Warrensburg course in one day recently he was ready to submit it as his bid. Morris' score testifies to the fact he was playing golf, not a hit-and-run game. He was 33 strokes under par for the distance. He covered the 16 and a fraction 9-hole rounds in 555 strokes. Par for the 147 holes totals 589. With Jack Bishop of Cartelville, IL, a visitor, as a companion, Morris started play at 5 am when unable to see the first green clearly.
High Heels Not Allowed on the Warrensburg Golf Course, 1930s
Today it is known as Hidden Pines
Bishop was forced to give up after 99 holes because of illness. He took 430 strokes at 34 over par Morris continued playing, with a caddy and another witness. The first 80 holes were played without a caddy, the men lugging their own bags and dragging the sand greens. 
A sand green on an early photo of Pinehurst No. 2.
Photo courtesy of the Tufts Archives
Ed.-Putting on a sand green means every put is straight and the same speed, so the golf scores would be greatly lower than on today's undulating greens and different speeds measured by a stimpmeter.
Morris' scores for each round were, 33, 33, 32, 30, 37, 37, 33, 36, 36, 34, 33, 34, 35, 34, 33, 34, 33 and 12 for the last three holes. Par for the course is 36. 

The Portsmouth Herald, Sept 3 1937  
Dr. Wilson Darlington Morris 
Born 23 Jul 1916 Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri,
Died 28 May 1989, Lake Charles, LA

Golfer at Warrensburg Missouri

His father was Professor Wilson Clark Morris, regarded as the "Eighteenth Founder" of  the national Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and a dedicated and beloved teacher at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.
New clubhouse at the Warrensburg Country Club, now Hidden Pines. about 1960s
Sedalia Democrat Newspaper Clippings
July 29, 1929

SEDALIA GOLFERS WINNERS OF MATCH The Sedalia Country Club golf score in a tournament played on Country club team by a large team defeated the Warrensburg the local green. Following the tournament a banquet was served by the Sedalia club with the visiting team as guests. The latter part of August the two teams will meet in a return match on the Warrensburg Golf course.
October 16, 1925 

Prof. J. H. Scarborough enjoys the distinction of being the only member of the Warrensburg Golf who is a member of the hole-in-one club, as he performed the difficult feat of sinking a ball from the tee in one shot Wednesday afternoon. 

(editor note - J. H. Scarborough had been a County Engineer 1906 and later taught mathematics at Missouri State Normal College in Warrensburg about 1915 and later.)
Hidden Pines Country Club Link - Warrensburg MO

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