Big Rapids senior golfer Pierce Morrissey signs with Michigan State

Big Rapids senior Pierce Morrissey (right) poses with head coach Mark Posey (left) for a photo following Morrissey’s college signing Wednesday at Big Rapids High School. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — His destination wasn’t a secret, but now it’s official.

Big Rapids senior golfer Pierce Morrissey — flanked by his parents and surrounded by friends and family — signed his National Lett of Intent to play golf for Michigan State Next year Wednesday at Big Rapids High.

Morrissey chose Michigan State over DePaul, Grand Valley State, Michigan, Iowa, and several others. While he hasn’t decided on a major yet, Morrissey said he will likely study the business field.

For Morrissey, East Lansing was the perfect fit.

“It just felt like home,” Morrissey said. “The program felt like a family. Even if I wasn’t on a golf scholarship, it would be the school I’d want to go to.”

Last season, Morrissey was named to the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association’s (MIGCA) first-team all-state team, as well as the 2018 Super Team. Morrissey led the Cardinals to a second-place finish in the 2018 Division 3 state golf tournament with a second-round score of 77 to finish with a two-day score of 147, which won him the individual state championship. In 17 tournaments last season, Morrissey averaged a score of 74.06.

“He’s a mature kid,” Big Rapids golf coach Mark Posey said. “He’ll fit in well. He’s had a good group of athletes that he’s been around the last four or five years that have certainly helped raise him to where he’s at right now. He’s got some good players down there at Michigan State too and a good coach in coach Casey that will help develop his skills.

“Hopefully, he continues to keep chasing his dream.”

Over the course of his career, Morrissey has accumulated 19 individual tournament low medalist honors and has placed in the top five 37 times. He has won three CSAA Individual Championships, earned two regional titles, and one individual state championship.

“It’s hard to believe four years have gone by,” Posey said. “He’s been special for this program. He’s certainly helped this team achieve a lot of its goals. He still has goals out there he has yet to achieve and he’s still driven.

“It will be good to see how he works the next six months to get ready for Michigan State and finish off his high school career. It’s gonna be exciting.”

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