Best junior golfers in America compete at Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial Junior Golf Classic

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Tommy Moore Golf TournamentNew Orleans is an event city, even more than a sport city.  We love to go to events where the best of the best is participating.

Such an event is happening this week when the best junior golfers in the country compete in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial Junior Golf Classic.  The tournament is Tuesday and Wednesday December 26-27 at TPC Louisiana.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial Junior Golf Championship is an annual tournament inviting top-ranked junior golfers from across the country to compete in front of college coaches each holiday season.

Tommy Moore was the most accomplished junior golfer to ever emerge from the New Orleans area.  In 1980, Tommy was ranked #1 in the Golf Digest Junior World Rankings and went on to have a decorated collegiate career at Oklahoma State University where he was an All-American, National Champion, and Academic All-American.

After playing on the PGA TOUR for three seasons, Tommy Moore’s life was cut short at the young age of 35 due to a rare blood disease.  In his memory, the Kelly Gibson Foundation is proud to partner with the Allstate Sugar Bowl to host a national event that recognizes the impact Tommy made on junior golf and the New Orleans community.

The field for the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial Junior Golf Championship will be comprised of 84 of the best junior golfers in the nation representing 12 states on December 26 and 27.  Returning champions Trey Morse, Jack Gnam, and Yujeong Son are all looking to reclaim their titles, and top competitors look to claim the title for themselves at TPC Louisiana this year.

Trey Morse, is excited to defend his title in the Boys 13-15 age division and emphasizes the importance of Tommy Moore’s legacy. He said that he aspires to be as successful as (Tommy Moore) on the course.

“After his career on the PGA Tour, he coached at English Turn which helped others become more successful in the game.  I hope to help others in my career also.  It was unfortunate that his life ended at a young age but I look forward to continuing his legacy through my play,” Morse said.

Two-timed defending champion Yujeong Son discusses returning to the event, as well as the progress she has made in the past year.  Son is also ranked No. 4 on the AJGA world ranking.

“I’ll make sure to do my best and take it shot by shot.  I’m nervous and very excited to get back and play in this tournament again!  My game has improved in consistency and putting a lot this year,” Son said.

Hannah Levi, a Mississippi State commit who finished third place in the tournament last year, is a top competitor in the girl’s division and elaborates on her improvement over the past year and the change of venue.

“Every part of my game has improved especially my putting and my mental game.  I would consider how much better my scores have gotten in the past two years to be my biggest accomplishment.  I am very excited about the tournament being held at TPC Louisiana this year.  It is one of my favorite courses and I cannot wait to compete there again.”

To find out more about the tournament and see some of the great work that the Kelly Gibson Foundation does for golf and the city of New Orleans go to Kelly Gibson Foundation.

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Rick Gaille

Rick Gaille

CCS/WGSO Analyst

Rick Gaille was involved in athletics his entire life, first in the arena as a competitor, later on the sidelines as a coach and later analyzing sports for Crescent City Sports and WGSO. As a competitor in golf, Rick was LSUNO’s first athlete, first 1st team All-American (1970) and first three-time All-American (1970, 1971 and 1972). During those years, (LS)UNO…

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