Nick Moore: From Shining on the Diamond to Star on the Links
April 28, 2015
After what he deemed a disappointing 2014 season, NCGA Public Links Championship winner said he’s driven to play better this year.
When it comes to ambition, Moore is a model.
The 32-year-old, who now has two Public Links Championship wins in three years under his belt after his win at Spyglass Hill on Tuesday, didn’t even take up golf until he was the age of 23.
He picked up the game after a round with his grandfather.
“In that first round I hit a shot that landed next to the pin. I thought, ‘I can play this game,'” Moore said.
Prior to shining on the links, the Seaside resident was a star on the diamond. Following a stellar prep career at Monterey High that ended in 2000, Moore went on to play baseball at Monterey Peninsula College, where he was a junior college All-American. He’d later play at Sonoma State.
“When I play golf, things that my baseball coaches told me still run through my mind,” Moore said.
Over the last few years, Moore has proven that he’s one of the best amateurs in the Golden State. Despite his pronounced slump in 2014, he finished 24th in the race for NCGA Player of the Year honors and earned a spot on the NCGA’s Hanna-Wehrman Cup squad.
In 2013, along with his win at the Public Links, Moore captured the NCGA Valley Amateur Championship. The same year he also won the Salinas City Match Play and reached the quarterfinals of the California State Amateur.
Back in 2012, which was really his first year of playing competitive golf, Moore finished runner-up at the NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship to winner Ben Geyer. Geyer, a St. Mary’s product, is currently a member of the Web.com Tour.
Amazingly, Moore never used a golf instructor either. Like Masters champion Bubba Watson, he’s his own swing coach.
Probably doesn’t hurt that his personal classroom is also notoriously tough Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course.
Toss in his competitive drive, and it’s a recipe for a winner.
“I’m just very competitive. That drive fuels me to be good at whatever it is I’m doing,” Moore said. “Playing Bayonet and Black Horse, those courses allowed me to progress at a fast pace. I knew when my scores got good there that I could play anywhere.”
Now that his self-proclaimed slump is over, Moore is already eyeing some bigger prizes.
He plans on playing in this year’s California State Amateur at Lake Merced Golf Club. Following that, he’ll aim for a spot in the U.S. Amateur at a qualifier to be held at Bayonet/Black Horse in July.
Whatever event he plays in, if he’s in his zone, it’ll be hard to bet against him.