Parr wins PGA event

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Andrew Parr's first step toward the PGA Tour was an impressive stride.

The London golfer, winner of this summer's Ontario Amateur and an all-American at Texas A&M, shot an amazing 21-under-par -- with scores of 67-68-64-68 -- to win a PGA pre-qualifying tournament against more than 100 golfers last week in Texas.

The top 42 advanced to the first stage of tour qualifying to be held at several sites in the U.S. next month.

Parr, one of three members of Canada's national team, leaves for South Africa on Oct. 18 to compete in the World Amateur Oct. 26-29 before returning to the U.S. to compete in 72-hole first-stage qualifying, probably in Georgia, beginning Nov. 2.

"I was really focused," Parr said, competing against other players with the same ambitions of playing on the PGA Tour. "I worked hard on my putting last month and I putted very well. It gives me confidence my work is paying off heading to the world amateur and the next stage.

"Whenever you win a golf tournament, it's great. I had only three bogeys the whole week."

RINKER EARNS $8,000

London pro Joe Rinker, 25, moved into second place on the Great Lakes Tour money list last week by winning a 36-hole Platinum Series event at the Mandarin Golf and Country Club near Toronto.

Rinker shot 69-65-134 to edge another London pro, Alan McLean of RiverBend, by a shot. Rinker's win was worth $8,000.

"It's great winning and it's a long time coming," said Rinker, who last won in 2004. "I've put in a lot of hard work and it's been validated by what I've been doing in these events this year."

Rinker has won $19,211 on the tour heading into this week's final tour event of the season, the 36-hole Moe Norman Cup today and tomorrow at the Brantford Golf and Country Club.


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