STM grad climbs golf charts

St. Thomas More grad Mary Parsons put her best foot forward on the final round of the Canadian Women’s Amateur Golf championship at Vancouver’s Marine Drive Golf Club.

The teen fired an even-par 71 on the fourth-and-final round to climb into a tie for 43rd place overall.

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Her four-day tally was 294 (75, 74, 74, 71), 21 strokes back of Concord, Cal. native Yealimi Noh, who edged out Dylan Kim of Texas for the Canadian title.

The first two rounds saw Parsons struggle on the back nine, with four and five bogeys on each respective day creating a mere one-stroke advantage from those who missed the cut.

She settled down and played a more confident game on Day 3. The Delta native left the course that day having shot a respectable one-over 36 on the back-nine and three-over 74 on the 6,279-yard course.

It reflected in her game on the final day, with three birdies countering three bogeys on the front nine, and her lone eagle on the 13th hole – a par 3 – setting her up for an even-par day.

Parsons, preparing for her second year at Indiana University, set a new freshman single stroke overage of 73.31 over 26 rounds as a member of the Hoosiers’ women’s golf team. She also set a new school record for lowest 18-hole round, a 66 at the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational.

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