Augusta, GA (WJBF) — Westside High School alum and Augusta native Chase Parker has been grinding his way through the mini-tours the last 2 and a half years since graduating from Kentucky. He got his first professional win in April, but earlier this week, he got what he calls validation. Parker survived golf’s longest day at a sectional qualifier in Maryland to earn a spot in next week’s U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.
Parker played his final 13 holes at 6-under par at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. That got him into a 3-man playoff for the final 2 qualifying spots. He was able to make it through that to be 1 of 3 players in the 55-man field to make it into the U.S. Open. As you might expect, this is a big deal for Parker. “It means a lot. It means I’m doing the right things. It means that I definitely should be doing what I’m doing. I’ve made strides over the last couple years getting better.” Parker told us Wednesday at Augusta Country Club.
Parker says this will be his first “really big event,” but he says he has enough confidence that he can play with the big boys of golf. He added he’ll try not to be in awe of any of them. He’ll also have his brother with him. Davis Parker, who just turned pro after completing his college career at Presbyterian, will work as Chase’s caddy.
Parker says he will head up to Pennsylvania on Sunday and try to get in as much preparation as possible on what is expected to be an extremely difficult golf course.