COLUMBIA — World champion disc golfer, Adam Morrison, placed second in the Show-Me State Games on Saturday.
The Games took place in Albert-Oakland Park, where Morrison has practiced disc golf since he was 5 years old. He is familiar with the course, as well as the clang of chains when his disc lands inside the elevated metal baskets.
But things didn't go as well as he had hoped.
"After getting in at 2 a.m., I was definitely not in prime condition to throw,” said Morrison, 19, who returned early from a Wisconsin vacation to make the tournament. “I just wanted to get out there and support the Show-Me State Games today.”
Tyler Landreth shot 104 in two rounds, beating Morrison who shot 107 in the 19-29 male division.
“A strong mental game is all it takes,” Morrison said. “Anyone can do it if you don’t let your errors get in the way of more success on the course.”
Morrison won the 2012 PDGA 19-and-under Disc Golf Amateur World Championship last Saturday. The World Championships were held in Charlotte, N.C with more than 1,100 players competing in the event.
“I think he won it from the neck up,” said his father, Paul Morrison. “He never let the bad shots get to him. He stayed very steady and didn’t let the good shots get to him either.”
During the fifth hole of the last round in the World Championships, the second place golfer, Stephen Economos, drove out of bounds twice, giving Adam Morrison a 5-stroke lead with four holes left to play.
“I had momentum on my side,” Adam Morrison said. “I knew that with the way I was playing and with the way he was feeling emotionally, there was no way he was going to catch me.”
After Adam Morrison hit the winning putt, he turned to his father and gave him a hug.
“He has always been a key part in my game with helping me stay focused and keeping my eye on the prize," Adam Morrison said.
A week after Morrison's victory in the World Championships, Landreth defeated him in the Show-Me State Games by 3 strokes.
"Coming in to the tournament, people told me he was the one I'd have to worry about," Landreth said. "It was fun playing with the guy who got to experience that."
Morrison congratulated Landreth on his victory after the tournament.
"One or two strokes can cost you a whole lot and you can just have a bad round," Paul Morrison said. "Everybody has off days."
Adam Morrison is the first Missourian to hold a world title in disc golf.
“It took 14 years but I kept working towards it,” he said. “It’s kind of cool that I’m setting that kind of standard and that’s something that can never be taken away from me.”