PGA Tour Pro and Shreveport resident David Toms has agreed on a partnership with the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Toms’ 265 facility in Shreveport will host the inaugural David Toms Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Golf Classic on March 30th. Foursomes will play nine holes with a sports celebrity captain while receiving instruction on their game from 265’s training staff at the state-of-the-art practice facility.

News Release from LASHOF in Natchitoches

DAVID TOMS FOUNDATION AND LOUISIANA SPORTS HALL OF FAME FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE THE INAUGURAL DAVID TOMS/LOUISIANA SPORTS HALL OF FAME GOLF CLASSIC

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation and the David Toms Foundation are excited to announce the inaugural David Toms Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Golf Classic on Monday, March 30 at David Toms Academy 265 in Shreveport.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation and the David Toms Foundation are joining forces to deliver a one of a kind experience. Foursomes playing with a sports celebrity captain will receive instruction on improving their short and long games and will play nine holes of golf at 265, the 60-acre state-of-the-art golf practice facility in the heart of Shreveport.

Toms, the 2001 PGA Championship winner and one of the more respected and accomplished members of the PGA Tour in the last 20 years, will participate in instruction along with the academy’s Director of Golf, Shaun Webb, who was recently named to Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers elite list for 2014-15.

Participants will enjoy interaction with Toms and the celebrity captains, including LSU sports greats Kevin Faulk, Bert Jones, Kevin Mawae, and Todd Walker; legendary Lady Techster basketball coach Leon Barmore; Shreveport native and two-time Olympic high jump medalist Hollis Conway; former NFL quarterback Billie Joe Tolliver and more.

The combination of the instructional expertise, equipment and course at David Toms Academy 265 offers a strategically-designed environment allowing all participants to take their golf game to the next level.

“We are grateful to partner with David Toms to create a fundraising event focused on honing skills as that is exactly what every inductee of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame had to do to reach their potential,” said Lisa Babin, president of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation.

Registration is $1,250 or $5,000 per team of four, with all proceeds benefiting the David Toms Foundation and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation. A maximum of 20 teams will be accepted to assure a desired level of instruction.  The event includes a Sunday evening dinner with David Toms, hotel accommodations for Sunday evening, and the 8:30 a.m. clinic, golf and lunch on Monday along with a gift bag with items from the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and David Toms Golf Academy.

Cost for participating Monday only is $1,000. Register online at LaSportsHall.com or call the David Toms Academy at 318-798-5437.  For more details on 265, go to DavidToms265.com.

Toms, a Shreveport resident who graduated from Bossier City’s Airline High School, played collegiate golf at LSU where he earned All-America honors.  Toms turned professional in 1989 and has represented the USA in three Ryder Cups and on the President’s Cup Team four times.

Toms has 13 tournament wins to his credit, highlighted by the dramatic victory in Atlanta at the 2001 PGA Championship, where he beat Phil Mickelson by one shot. His winning score of 265 is the lowest absolute 72-hole score ever recorded in a major championship.

He also captured the 2005 World Golf Championship by claiming the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, defeating Mickelson, Adam Scott, Ian Poulter and Chris DiMarco in the star-studded event.

Known for far more than his impressive golf statistics, Toms is also highly regarded as a philanthropist. He has received the prestigious Payne Stewart Award and the Charlie Bartlett Award for the tremendous impact of the David Toms Foundation.

Toms is noted for involvement in golf course designs and redesigns, including the creation of David Toms Academy 265 which is attracting golfers from around the world who are seeking to improve their game.

About the David Toms Foundation

The David Toms Foundation provides opportunities for at-risk boys and girls. The Foundation helps underprivileged, abused and abandoned children through funding programs that are designed to enhance a child's character, self-esteem and career possibilities.

About the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation/LaSportsHall.com

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (LSHOF) Foundation became a tax exempt, 501 c 3 public, non-profit entity in July of 1975. The LSHOF Foundation was established primarily to provide a tax exempt mechanism for funding the annual Induction Weekend.  In 2011, a statewide board of directors was selected and the By-laws and Articles of Incorporation were updated to reflect the expanded mission of the LSHOF Foundation.  The tax identification number of the LSHOF Foundation is 510151632.

The LSHOF Foundation is the only support organization for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and one of the support organizations for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum.  The role of the LSHOF Foundation has expanded from funding and hosting the annual induction celebration in Natchitoches each June to also include hosting Hall of Fame events throughout the year around the state and marketing and funding of new exhibits for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum.