Originally created 05/27/98

Former PGA player Tommy Moore dead at 35



NEW ORLEANS -- Former PGA Tour player Tommy Moore died at his home from complications of a rare blood disease. He was 35.

Moore, an All-American at Oklahoma State in 1982, 1983 and 1984, played the 1990 and 1994 seasons on the PGA Tour. He won the 1993 Boise Open on the Nike Tour.

Moore, who died Sunday, was the No. 1-ranked junior golfer in the world in 1980 when he was 17. Moore and Tracy Phillips of Tulsa, Okla., combined to win the junior World Open at St. Andrews in Scotland in 1979.

Moore helped the Cowboys win the NCAA championship in 1983. The Cowboys also finished second twice. He also was an academic All-American in 1984, the first member of the Oklahoma State golf team to achieve the honor.

Moore gave up playing professionally late in 1995 and became a golf instructor at English Turn Golf and Country Club.

"He was the nicest guy you ever wanted to meet and a natural teacher," said former NFL quarterback Archie Manning, one of Moore's pupils. "I called him about six weeks ago and left a message. He called back, thanked me for calling and then gave me five swing thoughts."

Moore was a mentor to Kelly Gibson, who has been on the PGA Tour since 1991.

"Tommy had the biggest impact on my career," Gibson said. "I tried to imitate everything he did when I was a teen-ager. He took me under his wing and guided me."

Gibson said Moore touched many lives.

"Everybody looked up to him," Gibson said. "That's just the way it was with Tommy. People -- from PGA Tour players on down the line -- knew they could go to him for knowledge or humor."

Moore is survived by his wife, Tracy, and a son, Mason, 3.

Funeral services will be Thursday at Greenwood Cemetery.