There’s a real person out there who goes by the name of Happy Gilmore, and just like the famous movie and character, he’s a pretty good golfer.
In fact, he may actually be just as good as the fictional aspiring hockey player turned pro golfer who won the Tour Championship over Shooter McGavin in the 1996 film: High School Senior Vowed to Play Golf at Ball State University.
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Gilmore’s first name is Landon, but golf week notes that he, of course, earned the nickname «Happy» when he was about 6 years old playing in tournament golf.
Gilmore has starred for Bloomington South High School in Indiana.
«I am very excited to announce that I have made a commitment to continue my academic and golf career at Ball State University. I am very grateful for the opportunity that Coach Fleck has given me! I would like to thank my family, friends and coaches who they push me every day!» he wrote on Twitter Friday morning.
Gilmore finished T-7 at the Indiana high school boys’ state golf tournament earlier this month, shooting par on 36 holes after winning his regional the week before.
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He also recently shot a 66 in the US Junior Amateur qualifier and is ranked 497th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Boys Rankings.
As Gilmore enters his freshman year, you may want to avoid the «9th green at 9».
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It is not known if he will partner with Bob Barker or «Lafferty Daniel», and his status for the Waterbury Open is also unknown.