When you’re known as «Happy Gilmore» on the golf course, Adam Sandler You are bound to take note.
The star of the 1996 film took to Twitter on Friday to congratulate high school golfer Happy Gilmore about his commitment to Ball State University.
«Go get them happy,» Sandler wrote. «Pull for you.»
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Gilmore, whose real name is Landon, began using «Happy» as a nickname when he was young and began competing in tournaments.
«My mom said it was before this, but I really remember when I was like 9,» she said in June 2022, according to the Indianapolis Star. «Then when I was like 13, I started saying ‘Happy’ all the time.» .
Gilmore announced his commitment to the Ball State Golf Program on Friday as part of the class of 2024.
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«I am very excited to announce that I have committed to continue my academic career and golf career at Ball State University,» Gilmore wrote. «I am so thankful for the opportunity Coach Fleck has given me! I would like to thank my family, my friends and coaches who push me every day.»
The 17-year-old said Ball State was the perfect place to continue his athletic career.
«Going into the whole recruiting process, I was so open-minded and had nowhere to go,» Gilmore told GolfChannel.com Friday by phone. «After the calls with the coach [Mike] Fleck, I went and visited, and I loved the campus; it is small. Their calendar is packed with good teams throughout the year. I know some of the guys. They have a very good indoor practice facility. And so, it was perfect for me.»
Gilmore has starred in Bloomington South High School in Indiana and recently shot a 66 in the US Junior Amateur qualifier.
He is currently ranked 481st in Golfweek’s Boys Junior Rankings.
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According to his website, Gilmore finished T-17 in the 2022 state finals in his sophomore season and was named to the All-State team for the second year in a row.
«No matter where I play, someone will see my scorecard,» Gilmore told GolfChannel.com. «So when I shot an 88 in that [U.S. Open] local qualifier [earlier this year], I really hoped that no one would see that. That blew up a bit. There are good and bad I guess, but I have a great attitude and I don’t let anything bother me. I honestly love it when I review and read comments from people making fun of it.»