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July 11, 2014

Morgan’s Mug a delicious memory for Edmond pro

EDMOND — As one of Oklahoma’s favorite sons playing in the U. S. Senior Open Championship at Oak Tree National this week, the scorching heat reminded Dr. Gil Morgan, of Edmond, of earlier and more pleasant days in the Sooner State.

After carding a 1-over 72 to lead the “Oak Tree Gang” after the first day of the tourney Thursday, he got into bogey trouble on the back 9 and came in with a 5-over 76 with an excellent chance to make the cut.                            

But a quick reminder of the days of his youth at Wewoka, location of currently named Gil Morgan Municipal Golf Course, brought a quick smile to his face.

“It was Wewoka Municipal Golf Course then and it was certainly no competition for Oak Tree but it’s where I learned what I know about golf. I’ll tell you one thing, the roughs there were tougher than I have ever seen in my life. And when I got a little older, that was one of my jobs to keep them cleared,” he said.

Morgan was born in Wewoka and played well enough on that old municipal course to earn a scholarship to then East Central State College in Ada where he graduated in 1968. In 1972, Morgan earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., before turning professional at golf later that year.

Gil had two claims to fame in Wewoka in addition to his golf skills. When he wasn’t on the golf course, he sometimes worked at Morgan’s Mug, one of the first non-Sonic drive-ins in the state.

“People would come from miles around for that cold, cold root beer in the frosted mug,” he recalled with a smile. “I had my share of work inside and more than my share of that root beer.”    

Morgan’s Mug was located on family property, which was the location of Morgan Monuments, the original family venture.

“My dad sometimes worried about the drive-in taking up all the parking spaces. Those were good times,” he recalled.

“Well, yesterday I played decent.

“Today I didn’t play very well. I had a lot of mistakes.

“I had a couple of double-bogeys, made a couple of extra putts which really hurt my overall score.

“But I think the course is playing all right. It’s going to get a little windier than it was yesterday I think overall. I don’t know whether it’s going to play any tougher or not. It should play a little tougher this afternoon than it did yesterday morning. “Well, the greens are a little better I thought. Yesterday it got a little fuzzy-looking, but other than that, I just thought they didn’t hold quite as well as they did yesterday. They were just dried out. There wasn’t moisture from the rain.

“So overall, they were fairly receptive. So I don’t think the guys will have a real hard time. Just fight the wind a little bit,” he said.                                                                                                                                

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