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Since he was old enough to swing a club, Happy has dedicated himself to the sport with only one dream in mind..becoming a professional golfer. Early Years: Starting out, Happy idolized Ricky Fowler and wore Ricky's famous all orange PUMA outfit most of the time. He still wears wild colors in tournaments today!
The most asked question Happy gets everywhere he goes is; "Is your name really Happy Gilmore?" Although he is known on tour as Happy Gilmore, Happy was born Landon James Gilmore. The nickname "Happy" came when he started playing in tournaments around the age of 5. It quickly became his favorite movie and he worked hard to craft the "Happy Gilmore Swing" from the movie but for fun, not in competition!
Happy played most of his junior events through 2020 on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour which are held all over the mid-west and southern parts of the United States. He played in the US Kids World Championships at Pinehurst in 2015, 2018 and 2019 as well as the Hurricane National Championships in 2018 and 2019. Happy also competes in Golfweek, Indiana Junior Golf and The Pepsi Little People's tournaments. In 2020, Happy played in the World Stars of Golf in Las Vegas and will again return to the HJGT Nationals Tournament of Champions in December 2021.
Happy attends Bloomington South High School in Bloomington Indiana where his team placed 4th in the 2021 IHSAA State Tournament. Happy tied for 8th place to earn All-State recognition in his first year as a Panther.
Terry Gilmore and Kim Ellett are the proud parents of Happy. Terry does online marketing and Kim serves as a volunteer assistant on the Indiana University Women's Golf Team.
Happy's caddie is our lifelong family friend Chris Blackmore. Chris is a retired basketball coach and picked up the bag in 2017. He calls Happy his "unofficial" adopted son. They play golf together every chance they get and they are highly competitive in everything from putt-putt, bowling, basketball, go-carts...you name it. They are a perfect match!
Happy delivered Birthday Boxes to Bloomfield Elementary school for random students.
Happy was recognized as a nominee for the Greene County Rising Star Award for his success in golf and his community projects.
Happy collected and donated toys to Greene County General Hospital for kids. He also did a toy drive for kids at Riley Hospital.
Happy conducted another drive for Greene County Hospital collecting blankets for their Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles.
Happy collected used golf clubs for the Golf Ball and Club Drive for our Veterans program.
Happy periodically donates school supplies and essential kits for kids that need them.