SNOQUALMIE, WA –Scott Parel will return to the Boeing Classic August 23-25 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge in search of his first title defense on the Champions Tour.
The Augusta, Georgia native began his final round five strokes behind 2017 Charles Schwab Cup winner, Kevin Sutherland, and 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship winner, Ken Tanigawa. To start the day, he birdied the final six holes on the front nine to finish with both a career-low 18-hole and 54-hole total, securing his first PGA TOUR Champions title.
“I wasn’t really thinking about winning starting that far behind, especially when the day before Kevin (Sutherland) shot 60. I didn’t think unless I shot 60, I would have a chance,” said Parel. “I made a good birdie putt on the first hole and that got me going. At the end of my front nine, I saw I was in the lead and knew I needed to play well on the back.”
The victory allowed Parel to move to No. 8 in the Charles Schwab Cup and also marked the first time in his career he exceeded $1 million in earnings in a single season.
Parel turned professional at the age of 31 after spending his career working as a computer programmer and database administrator. A Korn Ferry Tour veteran, he claimed his sole victory in June 2013, leaving a five-year win drought leading up to the Boeing Classic. Parel attributed his PGA TOUR Champions victory to his wife, Mary, and her support throughout his lengthy battle.
“She has supported me for so long, without a whole lot to show for it. We were ok, but nothing like this, no victory on a TOUR of this magnitude,” said Parel. “It felt like it was finally some proof of all those sacrifices she’s made. I got to take her to Hawaii, which I knew was something she really wanted to do, so that was special for me.”
This season, Parel owns three runner-up finishes, including a seven-hole playoff loss at the Rapiscan Systems Classic and a two-hole playoff loss at the Principal Charity Classic. These losses were both from Kevin Sutherland, No. 1 in the standings this year. Parel is currently No. 4 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. Also, he has surpassed both his standing in the Charles Schwab Cup and earnings from this time last year.
“I am definitely looking forward to returning as it was a turning point in my career to win in Seattle,” said Parel. “I obviously really like the golf course, love the tournament and the whole area is beautiful. I really enjoy being there and can’t wait to get back.” fffffffffffffff