On Sunday, April 1, on the eve of Ron Morgan’s 75th Birthday, over 60 guests filled the Tanglewood Clubhouse Ballroom to celebrate a special person!
As Ron and his wife, Faye, arrived, TGA members saluted him by raising their drivers and forming an archway for him to walk under. After an incredible dinner, prepared by Chef Greg Howard and company, Kitty Visintine presented Ron with a birthday cake with only 1 candle. Seventy-five candles would have been a fire hazard!
Then the stories began. Mike Wilcox, Dr. Dick Dosek, President of the CGA, Larry Wise, and Bill Goodson all said some really nice things about Ron.
Then his daughter, Robin Howard, spoke on behalf of the family and what Ron has meant to them. Finally, we got around to the real reason for the event – to roast him! Chad Keaton shared stories on how he became known as the Captain. He was presented with two dozen Titleist golf balls with “The Captain” personalized on each one, a bottle of Captain Morgan Rum as well as a 20×30 poster board with his face superimposed on a statue of Captain Morgan.
Frank Campion and Russ Gramer who had both worked with Ron told stories about their battles with him on the golf course and their business travels that always involved packing the golf clubs first. A powerpoint presentation displayed his famous golf shoes as well as his cowboy boots, some of Ron’s golf record which includes 11 TGA Club Championships, 3 Forsyth Invitationals and 4 Forsyth Senior Invitationals as well as making it to the round of 16 in both the US Amateur and the USGA Public Links, and
some of his personal memorabilia.
Then there was a time for open mike and the first person to speak was John Turner who honored Ron by dropping his pants and displaying the Canadian flag! Mark Hartson, James Gore, Jerry Visintine and Daniel Lemons shared brief stories of Ron. Then it was time to analyze his swing. Mike Childress offered unique insight into a swing that only a mother could love. Nick Hamner discussed the Ron Morgan Gimmee which has seemed to get longer and longer over the years. Tom Birrittieri told jokes about getting old and the fact that Ron lives on Old Towne Drive.
Hugh Quinn presented Ron with a birthday card from Bruce Crampton, whom Ron had caddied for during the 1974 PGA Championship at Tanglewood. Also, Hugh read a congratulatory birthday letter from Jack Nicklaus whom Ron had competed against in high school in Ohio on the mid-1950s. The TGA Board announced and presented The Ron Morgan Cup which will be a permanent trophy at the club to recognize the Senior Club Champion in honor of Ron.
Ron thanked everyone for a truly great evening and one that he and his family will never forget.
The TGA wants to thank everyone who helped in one way or another to make this a memorable event. Special sponsors included Brian Nason, Mark Hartson, Larry and Ann Wise, Bill and Judy Goodson and Hugh and Margaret Quinn. The Decorations Committee did a fantastic job and they included Kitty Visintine, Robin Creager, Jeanne Dale and Cindy Howard. The delicious meal was prepared by Chef Greg Howard with help from Tom Birrittieri and others. And many thanks to all the speakers who shared a story or two about Ron.