BILLINGS – The Midland Roundtable’s next Athlete of the Year finalist hangs out on the golf course. A lot. And there aren’t many in Montana who can routinely beat him.
West High’s Joey Moore has four years of varsity golf under his belt, including three team championships with the Bears. He captured individual State AA titles as a junior and senior, and was runner-up in the other two.
Moore hits it a ton off the tee box and makes his pressure putts affording him a scholarship to San Diego State.
He caught our attention the summer before his freshman year with a near Top-10 finish as a 14-year-old at the Montana State Am.
Moore’s strategy four years later is simple.
“I mean, just go beat the course, honestly,” he said. “It’s not, like, beat anybody else. Just play the course the best I can and if I shoot what I want, then I can’t be mad at that.”
He’s eager to test his skill on a regular basis at the collegiate level.
“I think there are going to be a lot better players,” he said. “Not saying anything bad about Montana players, but there’s Noah Goodwin, Cole Hammer. I played with both of them in the U.S. Junior Am and I think I’m definitely going to have to practice a lot more.”
Most recently, Moore has been practicing for his next big tournament — the U.S. Open qualifier Tuesday in Riverton, Wyoming.
One night later back in Billings, the Midland Roundtable announces its male and female Athlete of the Year winners during a banquet at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.