Junior golfers in Barnwell get lesson from 8-year-old world champion

  • Eight-year-old golf champion Luke Parsons gives tips to members of Sweetwater Junior Golf at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell.

Junior golfers got a special lesson recently from a young golf prodigy.

Luke Parsons, who has won two world golf championships, visited the Sept. 14 meeting of Sweetwater Junior Golf at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell.

The 8-year-old homeschooled student from Salley (Aiken County) visits Sweetwater Country Club several days a week where he practices for four to five hours at a time.

“I wanted him to show the kids what a proper swing looks like,” said Randy Reece, who co-founded the junior golf club last year as a way to provide an outlet for his daughter and other children ages 5-14.

“Golf is about accuracy,” said Tim Parsons, Luke’s father. His other son Hunter also plays golf.

Tim, who grew up poor in Kentucky, said his mother told him to work hard, which led him to become an ophthalmologist. That’s why education is a priority for his family, even above golf. While everyone isn’t destined to play golf professionally, Tim Parsons told the junior golfers that they can accomplish their goals.

“Always stay humble. Always stay down to earth,” he said.

Luke recently won the boys 7-9 division in a Drive, Chip and Putt regional qualifier at Pinehurst, N.C.

Sweetwater Junior Golf, which has averaged 40 to 50 children on the roster, wraps up this season on Thursday, Oct. 12 with a putt, drive and chip contest. However, Reece said they plan to return in the spring.

He thanks Ronnie Boleman, John Winningham, Dave Lott, Susanne Lott, Charles Richardson and Rhett Richardson for being volunteer coaches.

Anyone interested in participating next spring can contact Randy Reece on Facebook.