November 1, 2018
NEW ORLEANS, La.- Eighty-four of the United States’ elite junior golfers are set compete in another talented field at the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial. This year’s tournament consists of players from across the country that will travel to New Orleans for a prestigious playing opportunity this holiday season.
The 2018 championship will be held at TPC Louisiana, home of the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, on December 27-28th and will feature boys and girls ages 13-18. The Pete Dye designed course presents a challenging, yet fun experience for competitors. The course is among Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Public Golf Courses” and stretches over 250 acres of Mississippi River delta wetlands.
“We are honored to host the Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial,” said TPC Louisiana’s head golf professional Matt Williamson, PGA. “It is great to see the top junior golfers in the country competing at TPC Louisiana. Kelly Gibson and his team put on a first- class event.”
A testament to this tournament’s competitive field is the number of AJGA performance stars awarded to the boys and girls champions. The boys champion will be awarded eight (8) stars and the girls champion will be awarded twelve (12) stars.
Three-time Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial champion, Yujeong Son, of Norman, OK, has said that TPC Louisiana is ‘one of her all-time favorite courses to play.’ She is now working her way towards a career on the LPGA Tour. Recently, she placed first in stage one of LPGA qualifying school. Last year’s boys champion, Fisher Vollendorf, of Fayetteville, AR, is currently playing collegiate golf at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
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 each holiday season in New Orleans, LA.
The late 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.