Tommy Moore Memorial Junior Golf ChampionshipThe Kelly Gibson Foundation, in partnership with Allstate Sugar Bowl, will operate the third annual Tommy Moore Memorial Junior Golf Championship (TMMJGC) Pn Dec. 27-28, 2013. The event is a two-day tournament held at Lakewood Golf Club in New Orleans at the end of December with the field comprised of 78 boys and girls ages 13-18 from throughout the Gulf South Region and across the country. In the 2010 event, the University of San Diego shot a 5-over par 293 to capture the team title. San Diego took a three-shot win over runner-up NC State, which held the overnight lead but finished with a 10-over par 298. Tournament-host New Orleans finished third, five shots behind the Wolfpack after a 12-over par 300.
Tommy Moore was one of the best junior golfers to ever emerge from the New Orleans area. He was ranked the No. 1 junior golfer in the United States by Golf Digest magazine in 1980. A very accomplished junior and collegiate golfer, Tommy went on to earn his PGA Tour Card, and won the Nike Tour Boise open in 1993.
"The Sugar Bowl Committee is looking forward to working with Lakewood Country Club and the Kelly Gibson Foundation to welcome a strong group of young golfers to New Orleans this December," said Judge Lance Africk, the 2011 President of the Sugar Bowl Committee. "It is a great honor for us to pay tribute to Tommy Moore, one of the finest golfers from New Orleans to ever play the game. Our goal is for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial Junior Golf Championship to develop into one of the best junior tournaments in the country."
Tommy Moore and Kelly Gibson, also a PGA Tour Professional and New Orleans native, grew up together playing golf on the Westbank and eventually travelled the world together while competing on the PGA Tour. Not only were they fellow athletes, but also best friends. Sadly, Tommy Moore died of a rare blood disease in 1998 at the age of 36. Hosting the Tommy Moore Memorial Junior Golf Championship at Lakewood Golf Club where Tommy and Kelly played in so many tournaments as juniors will be especially meaningful to both the Moore Family and the New Orleans golf community as a whole.
Brad Weaver, PGA Director of Golf at Lakewood Golf Club stated, "Lakewood's award winning and nationally recognized junior golf program is committed to growing golf in New Orleans. To be the site of the Tommy Moore Junior Golf Championship presented by the Allstate Sugar Bowl is an honor. This is a great day for junior golf and we are proud to be a part of building New Orleans into a nationwide leader."
In addition to honoring Tommy Moore's legacy of achievement and integrity, the TMMJGC will also increase exposure for the Allstate Sugar Bowl as Presenting Partner of the tournament. Proceeds from this championship will go into a scholarship fund for members of The Kelly Gibson Junior Golf Tour. Each year, the Kelly Gibson Junior Golf Tour awards thousands of dollars in college scholarships to its eligible participants. Scholarships are awarded based on community service, grade point average, and financial need, not golfing ability.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf ChampionshipThe Allstate Sugar Bowl has sponsored multiple golf events through the years. For the third straight year, Tulane University and the Allstate Sugar Bowl teamed up to bring many of the nation's top women's collegiate golfers to the Crescent City for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Golf Championship (Feb. 24-26, 2013) at the English Turn Golf & Country Club. The three-day, 54-hole event featured 18 holes each day on the par-72, 6,105-yard course.
Top-ranked USC traveled nearly 2,000 miles to go down to the wire against crosstown rival UCLA, but the Women of Troy prevailed in a playoff to win the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate Women's Golf Championship. It was the Sugar Bowl Tournament title in three years for USC, which also took top honors in 2011. The 2013 field was comprised of 18 teams and featured 10 squads ranked among the nation's Top-25 programs, while a total of 16 of the 18 teams were rated among the Top-50 programs in the country. A total of 20 of the nation's top-50 ranked individuals competed.
With both Pac-12 squads tied at 4-over through 36 holes, both teams returned to the 18th tee box and all five players from each team played one more hole for the team trophy. USC's Sophia Popov proved to be the difference maker as her birdie putt proved to be the difference and the Women of Troy won by one stroke.
Following USC and UCLA was Duke, the 2012 Champions, which finished third. Tulane took fourth place while Purdue rounded out the top five squads.
Baylor's Hayley Davis took home individual medalist honors after she carded the best round of the day with a 4-under 68 and came all the way back from 20th place to win. Oklahoma State's top-ranked Kelsey Vines, UCLA's Lee Lopez and Popov each finished as the individual runners-up, finishing two strokes behind Davis.
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2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl Mardi Gras Invitational
In the spring of 2010, the Bowl was the title sponsor of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Mardi Gras Invitational Men's Golf Tournament at the TPC Louisiana in Avondale. The event was hosted by the University of New Orleans and featured 15 Division I teams in action.
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San Diego sophomore Alex Ching took home individual medalist honors after a final-round 69. Ching finished at 9-under par - six shots ahead of NC State's Brad Revell, who finished second.
In addition to San Diego, N.C. State and the host Privateers, the field included Arkansas-Little Rock, Austin Peay, Campbell, Centenary, Liberty, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Nicholls State, Southeastern Louisiana, Troy and Wichita State.
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