Dale E. Morey (December 1, 1918 – May 14, 2002) was an American amateur golfer and professional basketball player. In basketball, he played in the National Basketball League for the Anderson Duffey Packers during the 1946–47 season. In golf, he won 261 tournaments and made nine holes-in-one in his career.
Morey in 1939
|Born||December 1, 1918|
|Died||May 14, 2002 (aged 83)|
High Point, North Carolina
|High school||Martinsville (Martinsville, Indiana)|
Morey played college basketball at Louisiana State University (LSU) between 1939 and 1942. Morey then took over as head coach of the team after graduating in 1942 because then-head coach Harry Rabenhorst was called into military service during World War II. He posted a 28–19 overall record in his two seasons as LSU coach. Several years later, Morey played professionally. In 1946–47 he suited up for the Anderson Duffey Packers in the National Basketball League, and in 1947–48 he played for the Louisville Colonels in the Professional Basketball League of America.
Morey had a long amateur golf career. He turned professional for a time, but later had his amateur status reinstated. He played college golf at LSU where he was a three-time All-American and helped the LSU team to NCAA titles in 1940 and 1942. He won several top amateur events: the Southern Amateur in 1950 and 1964, the Western Amateur in 1953, the Azalea Invitational in 1960, the North and South Amateur in 1964, the Mexican Amateur in 1968, and the Mid-Atlantic Amateur in 1972. Morey finished runner-up to Gene Littler in the 1953 U.S. Amateur, held at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, losing on the final hole. Morey courageously rallied by winning the 16th and 17th holes with successive birdies to tie the match, however he found a greenside bunker at the 18th hole and blasted out 15 feet from the pin. Littler sank a 20-foot birdie putt to win.
He played on the winning Walker Cup teams in 1955 and 1965, the Americas Cup team in 1954 and 1965, and the Eisenhower Trophy team in 1964. Morey also won many state titles against both amateurs and professionals: Indiana Amateur (four times), Indiana Open (four times), North Carolina Amateur (twice), and North Carolina Open (once). His amateur career extended into senior years, winning the U.S. Senior Amateur twice, 1974 and 1978, and finishing runner-up in 1981. He also won the U.S. Senior Golf Association Championship three times, the American Seniors five times, as well as the International Seniors and the British Senior Amateur. He also held executive positions in several golf associations including the Indiana Golf Association, Carolinas Golf Association, and Southern Golf Association.
Awards and honorsEdit
- Indiana High School Golf Hall of Fame
- Indiana Sports Hall of Fame
- Indiana Golf Hall of Fame (1966)
- Southern Golf Association Hall of Fame (1979)
- North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (1980)
- North Carolina Golf Hall of Fame (1982)
- North Carolina Sportswriters Hall of Fame
- 6× Golf Digest Senior Amateur of the Year (1974, 1977–1979, 1982–1983)
- Golf Digest Outstanding Senior Amateur of Decade (1970s)
- American Seniors Golf Association Distinguished Senior (1995)
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- "Dale Morey NBL stats". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
- "Dale Morey: A Legend Among Amateurs". DougMorey.com. 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
- "Greensboro Sports Commission Hall of Fame – Dale Morey". Greensboro Sports Commission.
- "LSU All-Decade Team Voting" (PDF). LSU sports.net. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
- "Dale Morey coaching record". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
- Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. p. 136. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
- "U.S. Amateur Past Champion – 1953 – Gene Littler". USGA.
- "Hall of Fame Members – 1966 – Dale E. Morey". Indiana Golf. Archived from the original on 2015-02-08.
- "Dale Morey – 1982 – Amateur Golfer". Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame.
- "Dale Morey – 1980". North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
- "Morey All-American Champion". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 24, 1943. p. 16.
- "Dale Morey Wins Southern Amateur". Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press. June 25, 1950. p. 14.
- "Dale Morey Wins Title". The Miami News. Associated Press. May 3, 1964. p. 7C.
- Albury, Chuck (December 6, 1975). "Dale Morey Captures Title By Seven Strokes". Palm Beach Daily News. p. 6.