Manly, Lefler notch third-place finishes in Tommy Moore Memorial

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Benton Manly of Tulsa and Sophia Lefler of Tulsa each took third place individually in the boys and girls divisions, respectively, of the All State Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial, a 36-hole amateur event held last week at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. They were the only two Oklahomans in the field.

Manly shot rounds of 71-72 to finish two shots behind the winner Niel Phillips of New Orleans. Lefler shot rounds of 70-78 to finish five shots behind co-medalists Frances Brown of Mobile, Ala., and Sophia Macias of Denham Springs, La.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl Tommy Moore Memorial is an annual tournament featuring top-ranked junior golfers from across the country to compete each holiday season at TPC Louisiana, home of the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic.

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.


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