So. Cal Siblings Tee Off For Arizona - Tucson News Now

So. Cal Siblings Tee Off For Arizona

Tucson, AZ (KOLD) - It's become common for Arizona to field pairs of siblings on its different athletic rosters. This year alone there's Trey and Taryn Griffey. There's Madison and McKenna Witt. Then there's Tyler and Haley Moore. Two Wildcat freshman. Two rising stars for the Arizona's men's and women's golf team. 

Tyler, who is 2 years older than Haley, found golf first. He was just a wee lad of 4 or 5 when his parents handed him a club and some range balls at a family reunion. 

"Within a few swings," said Tyler, "they knew they had a golfer on their hands."

A few years later, after watching older brother, Haley decided to pick up the sport as well.

"It was hard at first," said Haley, "but once I got the hang of it I knew this could probably be my dream sport."

"She went up to my mom and said, 'You know what? I want to follow in his footsteps."

Big brother didn't have a problem with it. 

"It makes it simple," said Tyler. "If she's working on something then I can watch out for it. If I'm working on something, she can watch out for it."

That support system came in handy as the Moore's rose through the junior circuit. By the end of their prep careers both had established themselves as forces to be reckoned with.

"Tyler was one of the best junior golfers out of California," said head men's golf coach Jim Anderson and indeed he was. By the time he was ready to enroll at Arizona, he had already been named the San Diego Golf Association Player of the Year a staggering three times.

"When he's on with his driver, the game gets a lot easier for him," said Anderson. "He amassed the junior career that probably parallels some of the best junior golfers in the country."

As great as Tyler was, Haley matched him.

"The first shot I ever saw her hit was the Polo in Florida," said women's assistant coach Derek Radley. "She was on a cart path and she decided to leave it on the cart path because if she decided to take a drop it would go into the hazard. She hits this low draw out of the trees and up onto the green. I remember texting (head) coach Laura Ianello and going I just found a stud."

Stud may be an understatement. In 2014, Haley was named the California Interscholastic Federation Player of the Year. In 2015 she was named the Southern California PGA Tour Player of the Year. That same year she won three junior tournaments. When asked what's so impressive about Haley, Radley replied, "What's not impressive about Haley?"

"I always thought it was more like a competition between us," said Tyler. "Like okay who's better in the family?"

"We were pretty competitive," said Haley. "But it's not about who's better. It's just about having fun and playing this game together."

 Early on there wasn't much thought to the idea that Tyler and Haley would attend the same college. But as they went through the recruiting process, it became clear that they had similar expectations for their future.

"We would ask the same questions for each program," said Haley. "We'd almost always have the same opinion about each school."

When Arizona came calling both fell in love with their respective programs and the decision was made. The Moore's were a package deal.

So far it's worked out well, not just on the golf course but within their own relationship. Haley is two years younger than Tyler but left high school early to enroll this spring. Though San Diego isn't too far from Tucson, it's reassuring to have her older brother on the same campus.

"We're always there for each other," said Haley. "It's been pretty nice to have him as a role model to look up to and be able to play the sport together with him." 

"We're super close now," said Tyler. "If she needs to talk to me, get something off her back, I told her that she could come to me. I'm happy that she's here and playing for the U of A."

Arizona golf coaches are saying the same about them both.

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