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Tom "Young Tom" Morris
Birth: Apr. 20, 1851
Death: Dec. 25, 1875

British Open Champion in 1868, 1869, 1870, and 1872 (there was no championship in 1871), he currently holds the record for most consecutive number of British Open wins (four in a row). He was nicknamed "Young Tom" to distinguish him from his father, who was called "Old Tom." The son of Old Tom Morris, Greens Keeper at The Old Course of St. Andrews, Young Tom would become a pioneer of professional golf. His father had won four of the first eight British Open Championships, and while growing up, Young Tom would accompany his father around The Old Course, watching the players and learning the game from his father. Young Tom won his first exhibition match at Perth at the age of 13. In 1867, at the age of 16, he won a professional event at Carnoustie, beating such expert players as Willie Park and Bob Andrew in a playoff. When the two Morris's arrived at Carnoustie for the match, Willie Park had asked Old Tom, "What have ye brought the laddie for, Tom?" to which Old Tom responded, "You'll see what for, soon enough." Young Tom then went on to win the tournament. Beginning in 1868, Young Tom went on to win four British Open Championships in a row, a record that still stands today. In 1869, he and his father won the first and second places, becoming the only father-son pair to win the top two places; another record that still stands today. When Young Tom won again in 1872, his father remarked "I can cope with Allan [Robertson then considered one of the best professional golfers] myself, but I cannot cope with Tommy." Three years later, Young Tom was playing a match against professional Willie Park and his brother, Mungo Park, at North Berwick Golf Course, when a telegram was given to him, informing him that his wife and child were dying from birth complications. They died later that night as the Morris's were crossing to St. Andrews Bay by boat. They arrived at Young Tom's home just an hour after Tom's wife and newborn infant son had died. After that, Young Tom stopped eating and withered away, joining his wife and son in death just three months later. Young Tom Morris was just 24 years old. When the press asked his father how he had died, Old Tom Morris replied, "People say he died of a broken heart; but if that was true, I wouldn't be here either." Old Tom Morris would outlive his beloved son by another 30 years. Young Tom Morris is buried beside his wife and son in the Cathedral Burial Ground at St. Andrews, Scotland. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
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  Margaret Drennen Morris (____ - 1875)*
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Saint Andrew's Cathedral
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Fife, Scotland
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@};- In your cherished Memory dear "young Tom". God Bless U, your beautiful wife Margaret & precious infant, forever. ~ 81/1 Fri.
- Mom of Timothy L. Turner
 Added: Aug. 14, 2015

- Sherry
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