Real-Life Happy Gilmore Hears From Adam Sandler

Young golfer in Indiana goes by that name, will play in college
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2023 9:36 AM CDT
Adam Sandler Rooting for the Real-Life Happy Gilmore
Adam Sandler in 2019.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

For the record, his given name is Landon Gilmore. But the teenage Indiana golfer has been going by "Happy Gilmore" since he was a little kid because he can hit the ball like the fictional player of that name in Adam Sandler's 1996 movie, per the Indianapolis Star. Now, the two have connected in real life. After Gilmore announced his commitment to golf for Ball State University, Sandler took note on Twitter. "Go get em Happy," Sandler wrote. "Pulling for you." Replied Gilmore: "my life is complete."

Gilmore is indeed "really good at golf," per a profile at, and, yes, he enters tournaments under the moniker of Happy Gilmore. One key difference between reality and art: Gilmore doesn't play hockey and can't even skate. He has, however, mastered the unique hockey-style tee shot used by Sandler in the movie. "It never fails," he says of fellow junior circuit players. "Every tournament, every round, someone's, like, can you do the Happy Gilmore?" (More Adam Sandler stories.)

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