By Howard Dashefsky - bio | email
RENO-TAHOE, Nevada (KHNL) - After enjoying his best season as a PGA touring professional, Hawaii's Parker McLachlin is enjoying some well deserved "R & R" here in the islands.
Unfortunately all good things come to an end, and he's set to return to his new home in Arizona Thursday.
But when he steps onto the plane, he'll do so a whole lot richer.
And it has nothing to do with money.
When it comes to golf, and success on the course, nothing has ever come easy for this Punahou grad.
That's why his first victory last month at the Reno-Tahoe open is truly the stuff dreams are made of.
"Nothing was ever handed to me on a silver platter. I worked my way up and started in the cart barn and into the pro shop and that whole story of working your way up the ladder," said McLachlin.
Parker has also worked his way up the money list.
His $1.3 million in earnings this season catapulted him to 68th on the PGA's earnings list.
And now it's time to pay it forward.
"I've kind of taken it upon myself to do some clinics and with the help of Waikoloa we did a great clinic last week."
In dealing with junior golfers, Parker hopes to not only inspire, but to help open doors to their future, by sharing a look into his past.
"My schpiel to the kids is 'hey, I did it, I went through all these different hoops and if you dream it, you can achieve it.' So I'm trying to instill that into these kids that if you work hard and dream big it can happen for you."
And now that Parker has achieved his own childhood dream of winning on tour, he knows it's time to kick it up a notch.
"Top 10's wins and and majors being a Ryder Cup member would be really cool. So this off season, I really need to re-set some goals and just re-focus as to where I want to go with my career."
By winning his first PGA event, Parker also gets to return home to play in the Mercedes Championship "Winners Only" tournament in Kapalua.
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