Johnny Morris to Receive GCSAA Award

Johnny Morris, founder of Big Cedar Lodge and its five golf courses has been named recipient of the 40th Old Tom Morris Award presented by the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America (GCSAA). Morris will receive the award February 9 at the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida.

The Old Tom Morris Award is presented to an individual who, through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf, has helped mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris. Old Tom Morris was a four-time British Open winner and the legendary greenskeeper at St. Andrews in Scotland.

Johnny Morris, who founded Bass Pro Shops, is a conservationist who created Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, MO as a destination for families and friends to connect in the great outdoors. Morris was born in Springfield, MO and began selling fishing equipment in the back of his father’s liquor store when he was 21 years old. Course at Big Cedar include Ozarks National, Payne’s Valley, Top of the Rock and Mountain Top.

From 2014-2019 Big Cedar hosted PGATour Champions Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, which included play on Ozarks National, Buffalo Ridge and Top of the Rock.