Haskell and Ni Win Championships at Tommy Moore Memorial
NEW ORLEANS (December 30, 2020) – Eighty-four top-ranked junior golfers from across the nation and world competed in the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial, held on December 29-30. TPC Louisiana, home of the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, was the host facility for the event. Participants from 17 states, as well as two international players from South Korea and Mexico, were put to the test with windy conditions and a challenging course.
Maggie Ni of Cypress, Texas, and Luke Haskew of Baton Rouge, La., earned the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial Championships. Ni claimed the title of the Girls 13-18 Division with a score of 146. She overcame a one-shot deficit to start the final round, capping off her win with a birdie at the difficult ninth hole. Haskew posted impressive scores of 70-69 to dominate the field with a six-shot victory. He was the only player to post both rounds under par.
Ni spoke about how she was able to come away with the victory despite the windy conditions.
“It was really windy, so it was mostly hitting greens and a lot of pars throughout my round today. My best shot was on the eighteenth hole. I had a super long third shot and I hit within a foot of the hole, so that was nice. This is my first tournament that my family could come out to since quarantine and it’s great that we can all celebrate together.”
Haskew’s second Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial tournament did not disappoint. He capped off his victory with a par at the final hole to win by six strokes. Haskew commented about the competition and what was at stake on the last four holes.
“My favorite shot of the round today was my second shot on the fifteenth hole. I hit a wedge from the trees to about five feet from the hole. I was feeling kind of anxious knowing that other players behind me were getting closer, but then I had back-to-back birdies again on fifteen and sixteen, then played seventeen and eighteen conservatively to finish the round”
Placing second in the Girls 13-18 Division was Grace Jin of San Antonio, Texas. Jin birdied her last three holes to finish one shot behind Ni. Julia Vollmer of San Antonio took third place with a final round 74.
Second place in the Boys 13-18 Division went to Jackson Mitchell of Athens,Al., and third place to Logan Batiste of Slidell, La.
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. This is the 10th year that the Kelly Gibson Foundation has produced the Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial.
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.