ACHS’ Tucker Landry signs NLI to play golf at Loyola-New Orleans

DERON TALLEY @DeRonTalley
Ascension Catholic senior golfer Tucker Landry signed a national letter of intent on April 15 to play golf at Loyola University in New Orleans.

When you’ve been playing a sport since the age of three it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise if you get good at it. For Ascension Catholic senior Tucker Landry, golf is his game and on April 15 he signed a national letter of intent to take his talents to Loyola University in New Orleans. However it wasn’t something he nor his family thought would ever be possible.

His dad, Marty Landry, introduced him to the game of golf and to see him go from the toddler to the teen and still keep his clubs is just awesome.

“It was always a sport I enjoyed and ever since he picked up the clubs that was it,” Marty Landry said. “He played football and basketball but he preferred golf. I never would’ve thought this. I’m so proud of my son.”

Tucker Landry will graduate with a 4.0 grade point average and has many academic and athletic honors through the years. But April 15 was a day that rewarded him for his athletic work.

“I’ve been able to accomplish a lot at the Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour and other junior tournaments nationwide and it’s given me the opportunity to play at the next level, which is awesome,” Tucker Landry said. “I started when I was three years old and I’m still getting better everyday.”

Tucker finished sixth place at the LHSAA 2014 Division IV boys’ golf state championship in Huntington, Shreveport. He shot a Day 1 score of 77 and Day 2 score of 82 for a total of 159. His career-best game is when he shot a 67.

His choice for Loyola-New Orleans was simple.

“I like the fit and the people a lot there. I think it’s going to give me an opportunity to not only grow spiritually but mentally as well,” Tucker Landry said.

His mother Donna Landry said they, proud not only of his golf game, but also academically as well.

“He’s been an outstanding student and had a great opportunity with coach Ronald Diez and Sandy Pizzolato and we are both very proud of his golf scholarship and academic success as well,” Donna Landry said.

Tucker Landry said Ascension Catholic golf head coach Ronald Diez has always been a mentor and kept him in line.

Diez added, “The best thing a coach could have to have an athlete sign to play college. It’s very exciting to see a kid play at the next level.”

On the same day, Ascension Catholic senior Zach Capello signed a national letter of intent to run cross country and track at Yale University. ACHS principal Sandy Pizzolato said she is very honored to witness both young men with their accomplishments.

“Thank you both for everything you have given to this school. It was a true gift,” Pizzolato said. “Parents I know that I’m proud so I can’t imagine how proud you are. I wish you all the best in your next chapter of life. I cannot wait to see what is in store for you two.”