By Adam Eisenbarth
Ryan Moore is quickly evolving into one of the best junior golfers in the province and is well on his way to achieving his dream of becoming a pro golfer.
The 18-year-old Ponoka resident won the McLennan Ross/Sun Tournament on July 20 at the Ponoka Golf and Country Club with a 70, good for two under par as he successfully defended his title.
In 2008, Moore shot a stellar 66, one of the best rounds in the history of the tour as he won win the tournament but he said the weather was a little trickier this year.
“I played pretty solid. It was pretty windy so I had to play smart.”
Moore has been a dedicated golfer since age five and continually works on his game.
“I usually practice about five times a week. I do a lot of my practice at the Ponoka course so that helped (on the weekend.)”
Moore is an employee at the course and his constant practice has him well prepared for his future in the sport.
“I’m going to school in Edmonton and Aug. 26 to 27 I’ll be in Albera Springs to get my pro card.”
Moore is entering his second year in the golf program at MacEwan College as he pursues a career as a head pro. Moore will need to complete the courses to qualify.
Moore will have to continue his outstanding play to receive his card but the mounting pressure as the important dates near has the young golfer excited about the days to come.
“I’m excited. I’m pretty confident, I’ve been playing really well.”
Moore has developed a lot of his game through self-motivation. He doesn’t have a coach but doesn’t seem to need one as his results continue to improve.
“I’ve had a few lessons from the head pro at the course but it’s mostly all been work on my own.”
The hard work has paid off for the local golfer who seems to have a bright future ahead.
Moore will be in Canmore this week for his next McLennan Ross/Sun Tournament.