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You've come a long way, Harrison

Much improved LO golfer makes U.S. Open sectionals


Lake Oswego's Harrison Moir recently qualified for the U.S. Open Sectionals leading up to this week's event in Washington. Harrison Moir will not be playing in the U.S. Open this week at Chambers Bay golf course in Washington. That is regrettable.

But the Lake Oswego resident has come such a long way in his golf game that he can dream of playing in America’s greatest golf tournament someday.

He earned the right to dream by qualifying for the recent U.S. Sectionals in Seattle on June 8. Things did not turn out as well as Moir hoped, as he had rounds of 80 and 77.

“It was a grind,” Moir said. “Tumble Creek golf course was the toughest course I’ve ever had to play.”

But why dwell on the negative? Moir’s improvement has been astonishing. Not long ago he couldn’t make the golf team at Lake Oswego High School. But a few weeks ago, in a field of 158 top Northwest golfers, Moir was among the nine golfers that made the cut and qualified for the U.S. Open Sectionals.

Now Moir is in the happy position of trying to explain why he has improved so much.

“I have no shame in admitting I was a late bloomer and wasn’t very good in high school,” Moir said.

His luck was terrible, too. After graduating from high school in 2012 Moir suffered a severely broken hand. So much for his dream of making the University of Oregon golf team.

But slowly Moir got his game back. In fact, his game started to come on much stronger than ever.

“I set a goal in early February of walking onto the Oregon team,” Moir said. “I told myself if I didn’t achieve that goal then the worse that could happen is I would have a much better golf game.

“I made it past the U.S. locals in Eugene, beating nine of 10 Oregon players and essentially putting my name on the golf map," Moir said.

For his great leap forward, Moir credits the opportunities given to him by his parents, Bob and Tracy Moir, and his swing coach Jason Owens, who he calls “one of the best things to happen to my golf game.” He also got lots of support from the folks back home in Lake Oswego. While preparing for the sectionals he was flooded with calls, texts, golf tips and people wishing him luck.

“My family and friends made me realize I wasn’t alone going up to Washington to play in this tournament,” Moir said.

Today, Moir has resumed dreaming of making the University of Oregon golf team, and now he will no longer be a long shot to do it.

This week Moir is planning to go to Chambers Bay and watch the U.S. Open. He figures to learn a lot about it takes to be a professional golfer; which is now a goal within his capabilities.

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