METAIRIE, La. – The Gulf States Section PGA inducted PGA TOUR player David Toms into the Section’s Hall of Fame; forever revering the philanthropic and humanitarian contributions that Toms has made to his home state of Louisiana and the game of golf.
“I am honored to be selected into the Gulf States PGA Hall of Fame,” said Toms, who resides in Shreveport, La. with his wife Sonya and their two children, Carter and Anna. “To me, receiving this honor just affirms what I have been trying to do for over the past 20 years; respect the game of golf, treat people the way I want to be treated and realize that hard work pays off. The game of golf is a sport unlike any other where integrity and character are expected and where professionalism and respect are part of the tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation.”
Toms began his career as a professional golfer in 1989 and has since claimed 13 wins on the PGA TOUR highlighted by a PGA Championship victory in 2001. Toms was a member of the United States Ryder Cup team in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
Toms’ prominence in Louisiana is not only attributed to his success as a professional golfer, but also to his steadfast determination to enrich the lives of the future generation. In 2003, Toms established The David Toms Foundation to aid at-risk youth by providing them with opportunities to enhance their self-esteem and advance their potential career options.
The Foundation extended its reach after Hurricane Katrina, raising over $1.5 million dollars in relief efforts. Most recently, Toms’ Foundation donated $226,000 to several charitable organizations in the Shreveport, La. area that are also dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged children.
“I love the game of golf and the opportunity it has given me to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Toms. “When we created the David Toms Foundation, at the time I just believed it was the right thing to do. But over the years as I witnessed the smiles on the kids’ faces that we have been able to help, I realized that those kids are making a difference in my life as well.”
Toms’ many accolades reflect his character and commitment to serving his community and state. In 2006, Toms was awarded the Golf Writers Association of America’s Charlie Bennett Award, along with Kelly Gibson and Hal Sutton of Louisiana, in recognition of their tremendous contributions to aid those affected by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Toms also earned the Payne Stewart Award in 2011 for exhibiting exceptional character and generosity both on and off of the course.
Toms’ latest endeavor, the David Toms Golf Academy, encourages the growth of golf within Louisiana by providing a first-class facility for juniors to pursue the game and build upon their skills. By introducing the game of golf to the unprivileged youth of Shreveport, Toms also aims to encourage growth in character by instilling the many values that golf promotes.
“I’m excited about the David Toms Academy that is currently under construction,” said Toms. “Our hope is that it will not only grow the game of golf by reaching children, but it will also teach them invaluable lessons that will serve them throughout their lives.”
Toms has expanded his passion for golf into course design and has been involved with many redesigns, renovations and constructions throughout Louisiana including Carter Plantation in Springfield, La Tour Golf Club in Mathews and the University Club in Baton Rouge.
Toms joins Hal Sutton and Lionel Hebert on the list of PGA Champions inducted into the Gulf States PGA Hall of Fame. Click here to view all members of the Section’s Hall of Fame on www.gulfstates.pga.com.
The Gulf States PGA inducted Toms into their Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at The Country Club of Jackson on Tuesday, December 4th.