July 7, 2010
DECATUR, Ala. -- After a stellar freshman season with the University of Kentucky’s men’s golf team where he was selected to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team, sophomore-to-be Chase Parker has continued his strong play into the summer, finishing fourth at the Spirit of America Tournament at Burningtree Country Club over the holiday weekend.
Parker (71-68-69-74--282) played solid golf the entire tournament, starting the event with an opening-round of even par behind four birdies. The native of Augusta, Ga., then played lights-out golf in the second and third rounds, posting a 3-under-par 68 in the second round and a 2-under-par 69 in the third round. Parker’s third round was flawless, scoring 16 pars, including 11 straight, and two birdies for the 54-hole tournament lead. Parker scored a 3-over-par 74 in the final round to end the tournament at 2-under-par.
Jace Long (69-64-75--72) of the University of Missouri took home the tournament crown at 4-under-par, two strokes better than Parker. The Spirit of America Golf Tournament is considered one of the premiere summer golf tournaments in Alabama with over 134 participants. The 74-hole event was played July 1-July 4 with a course set up of par 71 and a yardage of 7005.
Parker had one of the best freshman seasons in school history in 2009-10, playing in 10 events with a team low season-stroke average of 74.41. Parker, who finished tied for 14th at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate for his best finish of the year, played in the last seven events for Kentucky, including an appearance at the SEC Championships.
At the SEC Championships, Parker posted arguably his best performance of the year. The freshman scored his best round of the season with a 2-under-par 68 in the second round and ended the tournament with a 54-hole season-low score of 216. Parker finished the championships tied for 22nd, the second-best UK finish.
Stay tuned to UKathletics.com for the latest on the UK men’s golf team.