Jed Morgan is a golfer who was awarded a Tier 1 Scholarship within the 2021 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program, and has been paired with cricketer and SAHOF Member Ricky Ponting as his Mentor.
Jed was born in Brisbane in 1999 and started playing golf at age 4 while growing up on the family golf course in Hattonvale, which was originally owned by his grandparents. The family business became Jed’s passion and he enrolled at the Queensland Golf School of Excellence at Kelvin Grove State College in 2014, and was soon invited to join the Queensland Academy of Sport.
In 2019, Jed was chosen to captain Queensland and was named Queensland Amateur of the Year. He also placed second at the South Australian Amateur tournament and at the Men’s Avondale Medal that year.
Further success followed in 2021, when he became the Australian Men’s Amateur Champion and was the leading amateur at the Victorian Open.
Accolades at state and national level in consecutive years have allowed Jed to dream of greater things in the world of golf. He is striving to become a member of the PGA Tour and to be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, as well as the World Golf and World Sport Hall of Fame. He also dreams of winning a major title, and of representing Australia at the Olympic Games and the President’s Cup.
Beyond golf, Jed would like to start an organisation which tackles issues facing underprivileged countries and provides opportunities to young children.
“To me, this Scholarship is priceless. To be granted the opportunity to have access to someone who has achieved high success is priceless, especially from someone like Ricky. As golf can be such an individual sport, sometimes it’s hard to find answers on how to deal with challenges as you must rely on yourself. I feel Ricky will be able to help me understand myself and my situation a lot better. In turn, this will help me success more in life as a whole and eventually help others.” – Jed Morgan on being selected as a 2021 Tier 1 Scholarship Holder.
“As an elite cricketer, I was always fiercely determined and driven to succeed. As a Mentor, I’m excited to impart this passion for success on Jed and as an avid golfer myself, it’s a privilege to be able to share the course with such an impressively talented young player.” – Mentor Ricky Ponting.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2019: Men’s Queensland Amateur of the Year
- 2019: Men’s Queensland State Team Captain
- 2019: Men’s South Australian Amateur – 2nd
- 2019: Men’s Avondale Medal – 2nd
- 2020: Australian Men’s Amateur – Champion
- 2020: Men’s NSW Medal – Champion
- 2020: ISPS Handa Victorian Open – Men’s Leading Amateur
- 2020: ISPS Handa Victorian Open – 7th
- 2021: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder – Tier 1
- Fourth event since turning professional
- Broke five records:
- 11-stroke winning margin: Greatest in Australian PGA Championship history, previously eight strokes held by Greg Norman (1984 and 1985) and Hale Irwin (1978)
- 22-under par total: Equal lowest score in relation to par in championship history (joining Nick O’Hern and Peter Lonard in 2006)
- 262 four-round total: Lowest in championship history (previous record 266 set by Nick O’Hern and Peter Lonard in 2006)
- 22 years, one month, 18 days: Youngest winner in history of Australian PGA stroke play championship (previous record held by David Howell at 23 years and five months in 1998).
- Youngest winner in championship history since Alan Murray in 1961 (21 years, 5 months, 17 days)2021: Fortinet Australian PGA Championship – Champion
Golf Australia CEO, James Sutherland:
“This is outstanding news for Jed, who’s been exemplary as both elite competitor and community member.
We are thrilled, too, that golf has been recognised in such a way by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame – this is Jed’s moment, but it’s also a carrot for younger golfers to know their talents can be recognised in the broad church of Australian sport.
And for Jed to have access to Ricky is icing on the cake; there are few more accomplished athletes than Ricky and with a combination of his international experience and passion for golf, Jed couldn’t have a better mentor and mine of competitive information.”