Johnson and Weed Victorious at Tommy Moore Memorial
Payne Johnson and Avery Weed Victorious at Tommy Moore Memorial
Photo by Rachelle Morvant
AVONDALE, La. (December 28, 2019) – Eighty four top-ranked junior golfers from across the nation competed in the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial, held on December 27-28. The newly renovated TPC Louisiana, home of the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, was the host facility for the event. Participants from eleven states, including the tournament’s first international player from Canada, were put to the test on a high quality and challenging course.
Avery Weed of Ocean Springs, Ms. and Payne Johnson of Shreveport, La. are the 2019 Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial Champions. Weed went wire-to-wire to claim the title, with back-to-back rounds of 73. Johnson was the only player in the field to post two rounds under par, recording 70 in each of his outings.
Weed had a two-stroke lead heading into the final round. She spoke about how she was able to come away with the victory.
“In the final round, I was able to stay calm after a tough start and make some birdies on the back 9. This tournament is definitely one of the best I’ve played in and is a huge win for me because the other golfers were very talented.”
Johnson, a Texas State signee, played in his fourth and final tournament. Paired with first round leader Cam Guidry of Picayune, Ms., both players fed off of each other’s game to make for a dramatic finish. Johnson capped off his victory with a birdie at the final hole to win by one stroke. He talked about the competition and how special the Tommy Moore Memorial is to him.
“This was my last Tommy Moore Memorial before going to college and the win was a special one. Cam and I battled it out all day.”
Placing second behind Weed in the Girls 13-18 Division was Estelle Seon of Trophy Club, Tx. Kate Tilma of Wichita, Ks. took third place.
Second place in the Boys 13-18 Division went to Phisher Phillips of Rogers, Ar. and third place to Price Brown of Mobile, Al.
Allstate Sugar Bowl is the presenting sponsor of the 36-hole event, which is named after the late Tommy Moore, who 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 Kelly Gibson Foundation was founded as Feed the Relief, Inc. by Kelly and Elizabeth Gibson in September of 2005 with the idea of providing necessary support for the front line first responders to Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Feed the Relief, a 501(c)3 corporation, changed its name to the Kelly Gibson Foundation, and expanded its scope to enrich the lives of children through athletics. Their mission is to provide support to military personnel and first responders, with a focus on youth athletics. For more information, please visit www.kellygibsonfoundation.org.