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 won a long drive competition at a tournament around the age of 9. Some heckler called him Happy and it stuck. 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 on the US Kids Tour in his early years and on then on the Hurricane (HJGT) and Golf Week Junior Tours. He played in the US Kids World Championships at Pinehurst in 2015, 2018 and 2019 as well as the Hurricane National Championships in 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021. Happy also competes in Golf Week Amateur events, Golf Week Junior & 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 2022. Happy made his first ever attempt at qualifying for the US Open in 2022. (click on Tournament Results for more info)
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 and made the All-State Team in his first year as a Panther. Happy was T-2 in the sectional in 2021.
Happy won the sectional, was T-2 in the regional and finished T-17 at the 2022 State Finals his sophomore season making the All-State Team for the second year in a row. It was also named The Herald Times (HTO) area player of the year. Happy averaged (73) strokes per 18 holes during his sophomore season.
Happy donated (6) totes of toys to Susie's Place in Bloomington.
Happy played in the 100 Holes for the Homeless in support of the Wheeler Mission in Bloomington.
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.