Augusta, GA (WJBF) — Scott Parel's dream is now within reach, but as he said there's still work to be done.
The 48-year-old Augustan picked up his first career Web.com Tour win a week and a half ago in Wichita in his 171st start on golf's #2 tour. He became the 4th oldest winner in the history of the tour. Now, he's got his sights set on earning his PGA Tour card. If he does that, he'll be the oldest rookie in the history of golf's top tour.
It's a dream Parel has been chasing since he gave up his job as a computer programmer 16 years ago. He says there have been plenty of down times along the way and plenty of times he considered giving up the chase. But he says he feels like he's been slowly improving over the past decade (most of which he has spent on the Web.com Tour). In fact, he says last year was his best year of professional golf, and this year he's playing even better.
Parel is currently 17th on the Web.com Tour money list. The top 25 at the end of the regular season earn PGA Tour cards for next year.
Parel is confident he can get the job done. He says he's feeling healthy after dealing with a bulging disc in his back earlier in the year. He actually said that Aiken's Kevin Kisner, who's had his own back issues, recommended someone who Parel says has helped him immensely.
Parel is taking this week off. The following week is an off week on the Web.com Tour. He will return to action at the Utah Championship in Sandy, Utah.
Parel has played in 5 career PGA Tour events making the cut only once, a T-57 at the 2006 BellSouth Classic. He qualified for the U.S. Open twice, in 2002 and 2005, missing the cut both times.