There was interval when Dan Parkinson was elevating his seven youngsters that he merely put the golf equipment away. Many gamers can most likely relate.
Parkinson’s off interval lasted roughly 15 years. That he’s again, and main a nationwide senior occasion 2,500 miles from his Lehi, Utah, dwelling, says all of it about this sport.
“What different sport permits a man, at my age, to have that aggressive spirit once more?” Parkinson.
At 65, Parkinson falls into the tremendous senior class on the Golfweek Tremendous Senor, Legends and Tremendous Legends Nationwide Championship. After rounds of 68-70 on the Falls Membership in Lake Price, Florida, Parkinson is 6 beneath and on the highest of the leaderboard.
Kevin Macy of Tampa, Florida, is second at even par.
Leaderboard: Golfweek U.S. Tremendous Senior, Legends, & Tremendous Legends Nationwide Championship
“The tougher the course is, the extra benefit I’ve simply because I play a variety of golf,” stated Parkinson, who tees it up three or 4 instances per week at Alpine Nation Membership in Highland, Utah.
In his Utah dwelling, elevation comes into play. His dwelling course sits proper up in opposition to the mountains, at an elevation of 5,000 ft. Usually it takes longer for him to make the transition to such completely different course situations. The place the elevation change is worried, Parkinson says he’s undecided he hits it far sufficient to note. His quick irons are significantly affected, however when you get previous 125 yards, it’s roughly a full membership size of distinction from sea degree to his Utah dwelling course.
Parkinson performed faculty golf at BYU his freshman 12 months (1972), on a group that was ranked within the high 5 within the nation at one level. Then he went into pre-med and determined to deal with his research.
He’s a not too long ago retired orthopedic surgeon who spent 17 years within the Military.
Since retiring, Parkinson’s first foray again into aggressive novice golf occurred roughly a 12 months in the past on the Golfweek Society of Seniors Problem Cup. He tried qualifiers for USGA occasions earlier in his golf life, however his most up-to-date USGA expertise has been as a caddie.
Parkinson carried the bag in two U.S. Amateurs for his son, Joe, who additionally performed for BYU.
On the 2015 U.S. Newbie at Olympia Fields, the Parkinsons performed stroke-play qualifying alongside Bryson DeChambeau.
Dan Parkinson’s aim together with his golf sport at this level is just to get pleasure from it.
“I simply need to play good, that’s all,” he stated. “I really like the competitors, it’s nice.”
Over the course of two days on the Golfweek Tremendous Senior, Legends and Tremendous Legends Championship, there have been 69 rounds within the 70s with Parkinson’s first-round 68 the low rating.
Walt Martin of St. Augustine, Florida, leads the tremendous legend division and Charley Yandell of Cashiers, North Carolina is forward within the legend division.