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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Tommy Tyler

The Cardinal Mooney boys golfer believes the Cougars can win a state title in 2023.

Tommy Tyler.
Tommy Tyler.
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Tommy Tyler is a rising senior on the Cardinal Mooney High boys golf team. Tyler finished tied for sixth at the 2022 Florida High School Athletic Association state meet (72), two strokes off the lead. 

How did you start playing golf?

My dad (Tom Tyler) used to be a golfer growing up. I play different sports growing up, like baseball and football, but when I was getting older, like middle school age, I started focusing on golf because of him. 

What is the appeal to you?

I'm a competitive guy. I like putting myself against other people and seeing how I do. I was also better at golf than the other sports I played, and that was a factor, too. I like winning. 

What is your best skill?

I feel like my putting is strong. I can make them when I need to make them, when it's down to the wire. I'm not affected by the pressure. 

What have you been working to improve?

I had some swing problems earlier this summer. I wasn't playing well. I was steep with my swing, so I have tried to shallow it out and make better contact. It's been going better lately. 

What is your favorite memory?

I won a big Florida Junior Tour event in 2021, the University of Florida major (70-69-75—214). It was 54 holes and I beat the best junior players in the state for my age. That was probably my best tournament ever. 

What are your goals for the 2023 high school season?

I think we can win states as a team. Last year was our best finish ever (third place). I think everyone has gotten better and we have some rising sophomores and juniors who will be a big part of the team. I think we have a good shot. 

What is your favorite food?

I love chicken wings. I like them spicy. 

What is your favorite movie?

"The Hangover." I love that movie. (Laughs.) 

What are your hobbies?

I like to go fishing and play basketball and work out. 

Which superpower would you pick?

I would pick flying. It's a classic power and I could get anywhere. Can't go wrong with it. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Never give up. You have to persevere. There are going to be struggles. You will have bad days. You have to keep going. 

Finish this sentence: "Tommy Tyler is …"

Funny. I'm not too serious. I like to joke around and have a good time. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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