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Morgan Academy golf team favored to defend state championship

Morgan Academy remains a solid favorite to defend its AISA State Golf Championship.

The Senators only lost one golfer from last year’s AISA title team: David Cothran.

Jones Free and Thomas Morris lead a talented Senators squad. Free, a junior, is a verbal commitment to Alabama. Morris, a senior, signed with Snead State Community College.

Gus Colvin, Arrington Mooney, George Turner, Brody Roberts, Tayem Hammad, Jude Assad, Fair Garner and Will Allison are the other Senator golfers under first-year coach Will Pearce.

Free, who won seven golf championships last year, admitted Morgan Academy will be tough to beat.

Free was low medalist at the AISA state tournament last year. Free, Morris and Colvin made the All-tournament team.

“We still have a good team, we only lost one player,” Free said. “We’ll lose two players off this year’s team and we’ll still be good next year.”

Morris, a member of The Selma Times-Journal’s All Dallas County football team, said he’s grateful to land a golf scholarship and play for the Senators.

Pearce, who succeeded Ira Wagoner, praised the team’s work ethic and dedication. “The players work hard,” Pearce said. “They’ve all been playing together for a long time, since the sixth grade.”