By Paula Toth, Communications Intern
David Toms: PGA Champion
David Toms is a pro-golfer from Monroe, Louisiana, he won a PGA Championship in 2001. He attended Louisiana State University and currently lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, proudly calling the Southern Trace Country Club his home course. He also owns a golf course design company and designed his first course at the Carter Plantation in Springfield, Louisiana.
David Toms Foundation
In 2003, David Toms founded the David Toms Foundation to help underprivileged, abused and abandoned children. Grants are made to programs that are designed to bolster a child's self-esteem and help the child develop into a productive citizen. The Foundation helped raise over $1 million for Hurrican Katrina relief and Toms has been honored for his philanthropy on several occasions. The David Toms Foundation has hosted the David Toms Foundation Shreveport Junior for three years now and Toms always makes an appearance during the tournament week.
David Toms Academy
In 2013, David Toms began his next project and opened the David Toms Academy, also referred to as the 265 academy, a 60-acre training and instructional facility for golfers of any age. What's up with the 265 you may ask? It is in fact the winning score from when Toms won his PGA Championship title in 2001. He proudly displays this number in his academy logo. Toms invited the juniors participating in the event this week to come out to the academy free-of-charge and get a taste of all that it has to offer.
All in the Family
This week, David Toms was out on the course following and supporting his son, Carter Toms, who was participating in the tournament. This is Carter's 6th AJGA event. Toms spoke at the tournament awards ceremony and noted that he continues to be impressed each and every year by the talent he sees out on the course. He is happy to host the event and glad that he and his son are able to be a part of it.