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TGA's Jeff Morton Dead at 55

on 23 January 2013.

Jeff Morton, a longtime staffer for the Texas Golf Association and the Southern Texas PGA, died suddenly Jan. 22. He was 55.

Morton ran the TGA’s South Texas office from 2003-08, when he moved to the STPGA to handle the rules and administration of STPGA events. Morton was previously the executive director of the Mississippi Golf Association and spent seven years on the LPGA Tour as a rules official. 

“Jeff will be remembered by all as a quality rules official, but more important as a wonderful person,” said Rob Addington, executive director of the TGA. “Jeff had a great way with people that carried over to his duties as an official. He was great fun to be with whether at a baseball game, in a boat fishing or sitting under a tree on the 13th hole.

“Jeff was not only a credit to his profession, but a great person and friend,” Addington continued. “We are truly saddened by his loss and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

A 1983 graduate of the University of Mississippi, Morton was elected to PGA membership in 1985. His contributions to the game and to fellow PGA Members earned him many accolades, such as the Mississippi PGA section’s Professional of the Year in 1987 and Apprentice of the Year in 1985. Morton received the USGA’s “Highest Rating” as a rules official four times: 1988, ’92, ’99 and 2006.

“Jeff Morton was a selfless individual,” said Mike Ray, the STPGA executive director. “Always ready with a joke or anecdote and his sour mood was better than the average person’s best mood. He loved golf but he loved the people of golf more.

“Jeff was nationally regarded as one of the foremost authorities on the Rules of Golf, its Decisions and tournament operations,” Ray continued. “His experience and the lives he touched spanned all levels, amateurs and professionals, men and women. He was always a teacher with our staff at the Southern Texas PGA and gave freely of his time and expertise to everyone.  The world is a better place because of Jeff.”