Jed Morgan has been a successful recipient of a Tier 1 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program and paired with SAHOF Member and one of the world’s most accomplished cricketers, Ricky Ponting AO as his Mentor.
Jed is a country boy from South-West of Brisbane. His mother grew up in Rocklea and father in Millerman. He has two younger brothers and an older sister.
Until the age of 14, Jed grew up at his parent’s golf club in Hattonvale, which was originally owned by his grandparents. Over the course of 25 years, turned it into a small community that holds a special place in Jed’s heart.
At 14, Jed’s father directed him to choose one sport, which was golf. In 2014, Jed enrolled into the Kelvin Grove Golf School of Excellence for Golf where he then graduated and was able to get his game to a point where he believed he could turn professional. After graduating, he was granted the opportunity to join the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS).
Jed is now in his fourth year with the QAS and is continually challenging himself to become a stronger and smarter golfer but more importantly, a better human being.
Through 2019, Jed was the QLD Amateur of the Year, QLD State Team Captain, placed second at the South Australian Amateur and second at the Men’s Avondale Medal.
He continued to succeed on the course in 2020 as the Australian Men’s Amateur Champion, Men’s NSW Medal Champion and the Men’s Leading Amateur at the Victorian Open.
As Jed continues to grow as an athlete and a person, he has set himself some life goals; become a Member of the PGA Tour, to be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, to be inducted into the World Golf and World Sport Hall of Fame, win a Major title, represent Australia at the Olympics and represent Australia in the Presidents Cup.
Jed speaks of his selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:
“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 is 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.”
Mentor Ricky Ponting AO said: “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.”
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.”
First Club: Hattonvale Golf Club
Current Club: Royal QLD Golf Club
Started: 2003 (age 4)
Hero: Roger Federer
Favourite Quote: “You must be able to sacrifice what you want right now to in turn receive what you want in the future.”
Aspirations after sport: “Be able to help young kids and grant them with the opportunities I was given. Look forward to starting my own organisation that tackles issues that underprivileged countries and families face that I never had to.”
Rankings – as at Sep 2020
Snr International: 186
Snr National: 2
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 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
- 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
Last updated 23/09/2020