He had just sunk the biggest putt of his life.
Parks Price had to wait.
Another golfer was trying to keep the most lucrative tournament ever going.
Then another golfer.
Price watched and waited, his arms crossed, his mind flying, his familiar club on his chest.
“My putter head was moving up and down because my heart was beating so fast,” he said. “I was just trying to keep it together as best I could.”
Price rolled a 25-foot birdie putt on Tuesday’s Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic playoff hole at Sunnybrook Golf Club – then watched his two competitors miss shorter shots.
Only then did it really make sense: The 36-year-old professional teacher at the Country Club of York had just won $ 100,000. It is the largest winning check of any tournament in the 41 PGA of America sections.
And Price only got himself into position for a playoff by storming through the second nine with four birdies, including two impressive bunker saves. He and two others finished regulation at 4 under par 68.
You were among the 120 golfers who started the day.
“One of my best laps of the year that fell on the right date. It’s the timing,” said Price, a Taylorsville, NC native who has been with the York Club for two years.
He admits that the scope of his victory still resonates, little by little. His largest previous golf paycheck was $ 2,400.
Price had played golf at Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina before attempting to make it as a professional, completing grueling PGA mini-tours and surviving tournament after tournament.
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He left the game for six years to work in sales.
But golf always lured him back and he got a position as an assistant teacher in York in 2019. That year he was promoted to Director of Instruction.
Now he’s getting married in April and wants to buy a house near York.
“People don’t understand that the best thing that ever happened to me was the Country Club of York position,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ve finally grown up, but things have only just really started to go well for me.”
Especially that one round of golf this week.
On the first playoff hole, Price stared down his 25-foot putt, the longest in the group. He had missed an almost identical putt on this 18 hole under the rules.
The three men knew the winner would take home $ 100,000. The others would pocket only $ 3,175 each.
Price adjusted, swung, and delivered the richest, adrenaline-pumping putt of his life.
He’s still processing it since he returned to town, giving more classes and helping organize another local tournament at the club.
“It’s just, ‘This is amazing,’ he said, trying to find the right way to describe it all.
“It’s really hard to put these emotions into words at all.”
Frank Bodani reports on sports for the York Daily Record and the USA Today Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @YDRPennState.