Parker McLachlin giving back to the Islands

Parker McLachlin
Parker McLachlin

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL)- Fellow Buff and Blue golfer Parker Mclachlin is back in the islands.

After clinching his first PGA tour victory last month, Mclachlin will host a free one hour clinic on the Big Island.

He says it's all part of giving back to the community.

2008 has been kind to Honolulu native Parker Mclachlin. He's 68th on the PGA tour money list earning over 1.2 million dollars, and he notched his first career victory at last month's Reno Tahoe Open.

But it's the opportunity to give back that excites Mclachlin the most.

"To me that's one of the coolest things about winning a golf tournament at the PGA tour is being able to give back to the youth of Hawaii and get kids excited about playing golf," he said.

On Friday Mclachlin will host a free clinic at the Waikoloa Beach Resort, the course he represents on the PGA tour. Mclachlin says Waikoloa will always have a special place in his heart.

"Shooting 59 there, and one of my first teachers, Scott Head is now the director of golf there, it's an honor for me to represent Waikaloa on the tour," he said.

Mclachlin says his parents taught him that giving back was an important part of success, and he hopes he can inspire other youth right here in Hawaii.

"It's not about what you receive, but it's about what you give away and I think that's probably on a bigger message, that's probably something I would like to express to them," said the Pro golfer.

The other thing he hopes, is that they gain a passion for golf.

"The more kids we can get interested in golf, the more kids are gonna get hooked and the more talent we can get out of Hawaii," he said.

As for Parker, he plans to play in four more PGA events this year beginning with the turning Stone Championship in October.

Then he'll spend time with his family during the holidays before opening the 2009 season at the Mercedes-Benz Championship on Maui in January.