Tony Parrish is returning to Timberlake Golf Club to once again represent them as a Club. Formerly their head pro, Parrish is now returning to Timberlake to be the touring professional.
Parrish is planning on starting to play on the Coastal Players Tour, which has tournaments in Pinehurst and Myrtle Beach among other sites. This tour was formerly known as the Grand Strand Tour, a tour that Parrish won over 40 events on in the early 2000s.
When he returns, he will be returning representing the members of Timberlake Golf Club and Sampson County, as he is playing with Timberlake as his home club.
“When it comes down to it, I really love the people of Timberlake, the people of Clinton and the people of Sampson County as a whole,” said Parrish. “I could have chosen to play on this tour out of Chicora Country Club or Keith Hills Country Club, but I feel like Timberlake and Sampson County is a better fit for me. The big thing really is I just love the atmosphere and camaraderie of the folks around here.”
Parrish hopes to get back to winning ways, as he has not really played on a competitive level or touring circuit since 2010.
His plan is to play in some events on the Coastal Players Tour, and play well enough to eventually work his way up to the Hooters Tour and then possibly the Web.com Tour, which is the tour closest to the PGA Tour.
Parrish is fresh off two shoulder surgeries and recovering from them, but is now confident in his ability once again.
“My shoulders were really preventing me from playing the way that I knew I could, and at the height I needed to play in order to compete on this level again,” said Parrish. “After a surgery last June then one in October, I finally feel like I have freedom in my game again. I can move the way I need to and do the things I need to do. It’s a lot of fun to be playing well again and just knowing I’ll be competing again. I have no excuses for not making it to the Web.com Tour, and then, the ultimate goal is the Senior PGA Tour.”
Parrish will begin playing on the Coastal Players Tour in April. During his time in Clinton, he plans to be available to help the members of Timberlake and Sampson County, and hopes to play golf with many of them.
“I really wanted to represent Sampson County and the good people in it,” he said. “I hope to play well and look forward to my continuing relationship with the community and surrounding area.”
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585