From bullied to birdies: Escondido golfer Haley Moore's LPGA story resonates

Haley Moore
Posted at 7:47 AM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 10:54:30-05

BELLEAIR, Fla. (AP/KGTV) — Haley Moore is a 22-year-old LPGA Tour rookie.

The San Pasqual High School graduate made the winning putt in a playoff to clinch the 2018 NCAA championship for Arizona and qualified for the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur last year. She also has struggled with weight issues and self-esteem for much of her life. Bullies would call her fat, take her belongings, damage her personal property.

Moore doesn’t hide from those moments or the pain they caused — or still cause. Instead, she talks about her story openly, sharing what she went through and how it didn’t stop her from achieving the goal of playing on the LPGA Tour.

"I think it was more of a motivation when I was bullied, at first it was very hard," Moore told ABC 10News in 2019. "I didn't want to play this game anymore. I was depressed."

With support from her family — and golf family — Moore told ABC 10News she focused on her dream and past any negativity.

"Don't let them control your life, with me, just putting it aside and focusing on what my main goal was to get on the pro tour, really, helped me, motivated me from it," Moore said.

That focus rewarded with the title of "pro golfer" now in front of her name.

"If you want to be a professional golfer, it takes a lot of hard work, and you just have to be patient out there, you're not always going to have the best days," Moore said.