Derek Harper/St Jude Golf Classic: Spotlight on Tucker Allen

Posted by    |    October 27th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Mr. Allen, Tucker Allen, Joe Haggar

The countdown to the Evening Under the Star party continues as Friday quickly approaches. Internationally recognized St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is all about patients receiving proper treatment, whether or not their families can afford it. No patient is ever turned away. Financially supported by ALSAC, Memphis-based St. Jude is the #1 pediatric cancer center in the nation, and all ticket proceeds from the Evening Under the Star party go to St. Jude.

With this information under my Titleist hat, Gina Lynn and I continue roaming the green, searching for a young powerhouse, nine year-old Tucker Allen. Playing the part of such a young professional, he is calm even though surrounded by a wealth of influential people. We watch him drive, and he hits the ball with strength beyond his single-digit years. Curious as to how he got his start, You+Dallas has a few questions for Tucker.

“Who’s your favorite golfer?” Gina asks and receives a quick response, like a well-rehearsed line from a Broadway play. “Anthony Kim,” he says, without hesitation. “What do you like about the way he plays?” Gina digs, and Tucker answers, “he goes for it.”
“How long have you been golfing for?”
“Three years,” Tucker replies, and I imagine a 9 iron resting against a bassinette.
“Why did you start playing golf?”
“My uncle got me in to it,” props to Uncle Allen for discovering Tucker’s talented swing. Sure, golf comes naturally to him, but is it easier for the cute elementary schooler to make a par or talk to girls? After a moment, Tucker confesses, “It’s easier to make a par, that’s for sure,” he says, blushing.

The Evening Under the Star party will take place this Friday, October 29th on the field at Cowboys Stadium. Tickets are $250 and all proceeds go directly to St. Jude. Check out more photos from the Derek Harper/St. Jude Golf Classic here.

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