About David Toms
David Toms is a professional golfer with tremendous heart. With his passion for the game of golf, his undeniable pride for LSU, his striving to better his community, or his paramount role as husband and father, Toms is vastly impacting the places and people around him.
The David Toms Foundation was created by David and his wife Sonya in 2003. The Foundation aids underprivileged, abused, and abandoned children by funding and providing opportunities that enhance a child’s self-worth. The David Toms Foundation has made more than $3.6 million in contributions since its establishment.
For his philanthropic activites, Toms was awarded the prestigious Payne Stewart Award in 2011, given annually to the PGA Tour’s ‘Man of the Year.’ He was also given the Charlie Bartlett Award for his efforts in raising over $2 million for Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita victims.
David began his golfing career in Shreveport, Louisiana as a teenager. He graduated from Airline High School in Bossier and then moved on to play collegiate golf for Louisiana State University where he earned All-American honors. Toms turned professional in 1989, and grabbed his first PGA Tour event victory in 1997 with the Quad City Classic. Toms gained three more titles during the 1999-2000 season, and nine top-10 finishes in 2001, three of which were victories and one being his first major at the PGA Championship in Atlanta.
David had the privilege to represent the United States in the Ryder Cup in 2002, 2004, and 2006. He has also been on the President’s Cup team in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2011. Toms gained his 13th Tour event win at the age of 44 in 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. On July 1, 2018, he won the US Senior Open Championship at The Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs.
Toms has also gained interest in designing courses. His first signature course, the Carter Plantation in Springfield, Louisiana received Golf Magazine’s “Top 10 Courses You Can Play” in 2003. He has also been a part of the redesign of Palmetto Country Club in Benton, the University Club (home to LSU’s golf teams), and the Baton Rouge Country Club. David worked with Rees Jones on the design of Redstone Golf Club in Houston, home of the Shell Houston Open. David’s latest signature course, LaTour Golf Club, in Mathews, Louisiana, opened in 2009.
Apart from his philanthropic and golf course designing activities, Toms is a passionate LSU fan, an avid duck hunter, and a proud dad of his two children, Carter and Anna.