Robert Ira Morgan

Born: January 11, 1931

Died: May 12, 2017

Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS

Year of Induction: 2009


High School Career

Hattiesburg High School (1946-1949)

• Varsity football, basketball, tennis, & track


College Career

University of Southern Mississippi (1949-1953)

• President student spirit group Southern Miss Yellow Jackets

• Sophomore Class President


Professional Career

Director Mississippi’s only PGA Tournament (1968-2006)

• As Hattiesburg Country Club President, began satellite PGA tournament named the Magnolia Classic with $20,000 Purse (’68)

• Event scheduled opposite The Masters (’69)

• Tournament re-named Deposit Guaranty Bank Classic (’86)

• Event moved to Annandale Golf Club, Madison, MS & Scheduled opposite The British Open (’94)

• Board of Directors PGA Tour Tournament Assoc (1997-1999)

• Tournament re-named Southern Farm Bureau Classic (’99)

• Event shared 1st place on PGA Tour Survey as best aesthetic appearance (’00)

• Distinguished Service Award from PGA Tour Assoc. (’01)

• Retired as Senior Tournament Director on PGA Tour (’06)

• Tournament re-named Viking Classic with $3.7 million purse (’07)

• Past tournament winners include Craig Stadler, Roger Maltbie & Payne Stewart

• Successful businessman operating Hub City Brokerage Company for almost 30 years (’57)

• Established Minit Mart Convenience Stores (’64)


Did You Know?

A Marine Corps veteran, Morgan had the unique distinction of being the longest serving PGA Tour Tournament Director. He was also the only director who served all three PGA Tour Commissioners: Joe Dey, Dean Beman, and Tim Finchem.

Sports Illustrated once named the Southern Farm Bureau Classic “The Little Tournament That Could”.