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Hank Morris a.k.a. HMTrey
Sibling rivalry is nothing new. But, it's not all about open wounds and hurt feelings with HMTrey and his family. The competition inspired him to be a better athlete and he wouldn't have it any other way.
How old are you and what's your occupation?
40 soon to be 41 and currently laid-off (General Motors) but in school for culinary arts. I love to art of cooking and creating like in golf hitting that low fade from 190 out.
When did you start playing golf and what's your handicap?
I started when I was about 24 my handicap now is a 12.6. It was at 10.2 and dropping then time management took control.
How often do you play?
Not enough (lol)- about 3 or 4 times a month. It used to be 3 or 4 times a week.
Tell me about a great shot you've made.
I was in Myrtle Beach and about 165 out- this was before SkyCaddie was around. I pulled my 8 iron out and flushed it. I thought it went over the green. We spent 5 minutes looking for my ball and just about when I gave up I walked to the pin and there my baby sat, all cute for my eagle 2.
What is your best golf memory?
Golfing with my older Tim, and my younger brother Randy, my uncle Joe and my late father Henry Morris Jr. Nothing could beat the laughs we had and having us compete in something not physical. We competed in everything, football, basketball, bowling, and video games. Just the fact we spent quality time together was the thriller for me. Courses come and go, but family sticks to the rib.
What is your "home" course?
I currently use Captain’s Club in Grand Blanc MI. I used to be a member at Sugarbush in Davison MI.
What ball do you play?
I play mainly Bridgestone Tour B330-S. But I also try new rocks out to see how they come off and how much control around the greens and most importantly how they roll on the greens.
Drivers: Orlimar TriMetal 420 Hipti
Fairway Woods: Orlimar VT830
Irons: Cleveland TA1 Form Forged
Wedges: Cleveland Tour Action 900
Wedges: Cleveland 485
Putters: Odyssey Tri Hot 3
Tiger Woods. What this guy has done for the game is incredible. He is the Wayne Gretzsky of golf, the Jordan of Basketball and the Ali of boxing. I also like Anthony Kim, John Daly, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Fred Couples, and sometimes Phil Mickelson. He hits the ball a ton.
Favorite course you've played?
Wow good question...Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, Nevada, Tullymore Golf Course, St Ives, Black Lake, Forest Dunes, all in Michigan just so many to name. I have played from Alaska to Florida and Mexico to Virginia.
Dream course you've yet to play?
Tiger Woods track when it’s complete in North Carolina, Pebble Beach St Andrews and so many more.
Best round ever- and what course?
80 from the tips at Sugarbush in Davison. Very hard course from the tips and it helped me graduate from helper clubs to muscle back. Got used to hitting long irons in and had it not been for a double bogie on 15 I would have had broke 80.
Give me an example of a time your SkyCaddie saved you a stroke?
When I played with a senior tour player or player in transition and he used his Bushnell to all the pins. I used my SkyCaddie and he was asking me how much to the front or back. Well our trajectory is different so instead of using his Bushnell, I hit my 5 iron instead of my 6 iron stiff to 2 feet and a tap in birdie. It saved me a stroke because I trusted the yardage to the front and hit a shot that released to the pin.
What is one aspect of your golf game you would like to improve on in the next year?
More time to play...Better GIR % and better scramble stats.
Tell me a story.
As kids my big brother Tim used to always always always find a way to bring out the best in me. We used to play football in the field and he would say, “Man you can run and catch but why don’t you tackle? Hit him like he was talking about mom!!”
So on the next play my old friend Dean caught the ball tried to make a move and I drill him. I mean full on tackle at the waist pick up and body slam. Tim began to get in my face yelling for joy that’s what I am talkin bout!!!!!
I felt bad for Dean as he became one with the turf. Soon after that some girl hit me coming across the middle of the field during a cold November day with frozen turf and dislocated my right shoulder. From that day forward people would say no more football? I said nope too embarrassed.
That carried over to basketball where I was pretty good and played with a lot of NBA and college players. Tim was a spectacular athlete and would kill me in hoop but I could dunk at 5’11”. After doing my 4 years in the Navy I went to college to become a basketball player (not a student bad move but lesson learned) and he would just rib me.
After I went to camp we got together and played at the U of M in Flint. He told me if you really have game you can beat me. I skunked him and the next game you could have swore it was the Pistons of the 80’s vs. the Celtics. I mean we were at war. I won that game too and after the game we hugged and he said man how in the world could they cut you in college? Today we do not come close to competing in this manner as we really beat each other down.
When on the same team we creamed any players out there. So Tim I know you never knew this but thanks for being my inspiration which then trickled down to Randy who is scary when he gets fired up lol. My dad and Uncle were great athletes as well both all staters in the late 50’s and 60’s and Uncle Joe is now in the Ohio basketball hall of fame winning a basketball title with Central State. I know this came from HMJ as well. He was the key so dad, up in heaven, we thank you and miss you. This explains my fire in golf and competing in general!!
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T. Morris (aka "BlkMamba") says:
HMTrey, man you brought back some awesome memories of our sporting rivalries and of the special times we spent with HMJr, RanMo and Uncle J. Although time and the many hats you now wear impede on your golf time you still have the best short game in the family. Work on that game in the short time increments you have to keep that muscle memory alive. Its quality and not quantity. Now stop the mushy stuff! Oh, by the way, the golf rivalry is back on!! I wear just as many hats as you do, so cowboy up big boy or leave town at sundown!! No tear jerking sad story here big fella. :) It's Golf Season 2011!!! Yeah Boy!!!!!!!!
Thanks bro!!! Hope you had fun in MB while I had to deal with freezing rain. Have no fear my short game is here.
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