All-Area Golfer of the Year: Tyler Moore of East Lyme

July 8, 2024, 12:07 p.m. • Last updated: July 8, 2024, 12:07 p.m.

Tyler Moore, a junior at East Lyme High School, won the Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament on May 30 at Great Neck Country Club, shooting a 3-over-par 74 that also helped the Vikings win the team title. Moore was named The Day’s 2024 All-Area Boys’ Golfer of the Year. (Dana Jensen/The Day) Buy photo reprints
Tyler Moore has been the No. 1 golfer in East Lyme for three years. This season, Moore helped the Vikings to an ECC tournament victory, their second since 1973, by winning the league championship at Great Neck Country Club with a 74. Moore started playing golf with his father during the pandemic. “It was pretty fun, so I stuck with it,” he said. “I liked it pretty much from the start. After a couple of months, I really got into it. It’s a pretty relaxing game. I felt like I was getting better every time I went out.” (Dana Jensen/The Day) Buy photo reprints

In a chance meeting, Rudy Bagos met his future No. 1 player on the East Lyme High School golf team.

Bagos, the high school golf coach and teacher in East Lyme, happened to meet Tyler Moore’s father before school one day.

“It’s funny, I met his dad on the way to school one day,” Bagos said. “He thought I was another teacher. We got talking. When he found out I was the golf coach, he started talking to me about Tyler.”

“I thought, ‘This is awesome,’ because I didn’t know what to expect. I actually had Tyler Moore in class and talked to him in gym class freshman year. Since then, he’s just taken off since his freshman year.”

Moore, who recently completed a standout junior season, was named The Day’s 2024 All-Area Boys’ Golfer of the Year. He owned one of the best differentials in the Eastern Connecticut Conference and also medaled with a 74-stroke lead at the ECC Championship in May while leading the Vikings to the team title.

“Last year’s ECC was pretty disappointing for me,” Moore said. “This year, winning was a great feeling. Winning the team title was even better.”

He played at No. 1 for the Vikings for three years. This season he qualified for the State Open, scoring a respectable 77 points.

Although Moore has made progress in his golf game, including being more accurate off the tee, his biggest improvements have been in his mental attitude.

He’s learned to shake off a bad punch.

“That’s the area where I’ve improved the most this year,” Moore said. “I don’t put that much pressure on myself. I just go out there and try to have fun playing, especially in a competitive environment.”

“In the past, if I had a bad shot and made a bogey or two, it would get on my nerves and I would try to make up for it and make a birdie on the next hole, which would lead to even more mistakes. This year, I just tried to play my game the whole round.”

“It took me a while to finally get to this point.”

Bagos says Moore has the perfect demeanor for golf.

“What I like most about him is that you can’t tell if he’s shooting 75 or 85,” Bagos said.

The fact that Moore’s game has reached this level is all the more impressive considering he started playing golf in eighth grade.

Moore started playing the sport with his father Jeff during the pandemic.

“It was pretty fun, so I stuck with it,” Moore said. “I liked it right away. After a few months, I really started to get into it. It’s a pretty relaxing game. I felt like I was getting better every time I went out.”

Now he’s on the golf course all the time. He’s a member at Lake of Isles and works at Stonington Country Club. He’ll be playing in some junior tournaments this summer.

Moore is not satisfied. He wants to continue to improve and hopefully play in college.

He wants to play better at the 18-hole state tournament and improve his scores in regular season play. His goal is to repeat his ECC title, which will be a challenge given the return of many top golfers.

He has proven that he is capable of achieving impressive results.

This spring, he shot a season-best 2 under par in a quad match at Connecticut National, making two birdies and seven pars by simply playing his game.

“When I play like that, it seems like it’s easy to get two under par. It was my best round. Hopefully I can do that more often,” Moore said.

Bagos is excited to see what Moore can do next season.

“He’s just so athletic,” Bagos said. “And he’s just determined. He just wants to get better and he loves the game of golf.”

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The Day 2024 All-Area Boys Golf Team

Player of the Year – Tyler Moore (East Lyme)

Keiran Boscoe (Wheeler)

Jack Bucko (East Lyme)

Jack Gahrman (Norwich Tech)

Alex Gallardo (Bacon Academy)