In Richmond, some of the brightest young golfers are located in the West End. Glen Allen High School’s Cameron Moore is one of those bright young stars in the area.
“It started with my dad, playing him,” says Cameron, “Once I beat him, I was like, ‘yeah, I can be pretty good at this!'”
It should come as no surprise then that he will be the next in the line of great West End golfers to play in college. However, there is a twist.
Cameron is the first Glen Allen High School golfer to sign to a college scholarship. Granted, the Jaguars’ golf program is still fairly young. The school itself was founded in 2010. He will follow in his parents footsteps and head to Blacksburg.
“I kind of grew up a Hokie,” laughs Cameron, “so that was kind of a sway there.”
Moore has lifted the program to new heights since he joined in eighth grade. He’s been co-captain as a junior and senior, and that’s only the start of his resume.
He finished third in the Virginia State High School 5A Championship in 2017, was runner-up in 2016, and was a VHSL 5A First Team All-Conference, All-Region and All-State selection in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Moore was also the only player from the state to qualify for the 2017 US Junior Championship and won the Michael Breed Invitational Junior in 2016.
“I hope it motivates other people who love golf and play golf,” says Cameron, ” To see that goal and say, ‘wow that can be a reality if you really work for it.'”
As a result, Moore has been labeled the No. 1 high school golfer in the state of Virginia by Golfweek magazine.
Going to Virginia Tech and playing under head coach Jay Hardwick seemed like his best option for college golf, even if he grew up sporting maroon and orange on gameday.
They’ve got all the tools for you to become a professional,” says Cameron, “which is ultimately my goal.”
Moore likes to believe it’s a matter of when, not if regarding a career as a professional golfer. When it happens, he hopes his journey to accomplishing his goal provides other Glen Allen high schoolers a blueprint to follow.
“To see five years down the line how far the program has come and hopefully how far it will go in the future,” says Cameron, “hopefully I can be a part of that too in this area and in Glen Allen High School. That would be cool.”
Moore isn’t shy about starting his college career, noting he aims to earn a spot on the Hokies’ starting five.
“I think I can do it,” Cameron claims, “competitively it’s going to be a fun time.”