Almost too good to be true: There's now a real-life golfer named Happy Gilmore

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.22 - 2023 9:31 AM CET

Photo: Youtube / Ball State Twitter
Photo: Youtube / Ball State Twitter
There's now a real-life golfer named Happy Gilmore.

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Most people fondly remember the popular '90s classic "Happy Gilmore," starring Adam Sandler. In this beloved comedy, Sandler portrays a quirky and big-hearted golfer who enters a tournament in a desperate bid to win enough money to save his grandmother's house. The film not only entertained audiences but also left an indelible mark on the world of golf comedies.

In a twist that seems almost scripted for the silver screen, there's now a real-life golfer named Happy Gilmore making waves in the golfing world.

Bloomington South senior, Landon Gilmore, who goes by the nickname "Happy," has recently made headlines by signing his National Letter of Intent to play Division I college golf at Ball State. This is reported by Golf Week.

Happy Gilmore, the golfer, has been building a name for himself since he was about 6 years old, participating in golf tournaments and showcasing his talent. His junior year was particularly noteworthy; he finished T-7 at the Indiana high school boys golf state tournament in June, shooting even par over 36 holes at Prairie View Golf Club.

Prior to this, he clinched a win at his regional tournament at Country Oaks in Montgomery.

This significant step in Gilmore's golfing career is not just a personal achievement but also a delightful nod to the fictional character who shares his name.

While the real Happy may not have to win a tournament to save his grandmother's house, his journey in the sport is equally compelling. As he embarks on his collegiate golf career at Ball State, golf enthusiasts and fans of the film alike will undoubtedly be watching, perhaps with a smile, thinking of the fictional Happy's antics on the green.

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