Conway golfer Whit Parker signed with Washburn University on Tuesday.
During his four years in the Wampus Cat golf program, Parker was all-conference three times, a letterman four times and all-state all four years.
Conway golf coach Janet Taylor held a piece of paper in her hands, which began unraveling a scroll.
She said if she went over all of Parker’s accomplishments, everyone would be there awhile.She said he was a major building block in the team’s success in his four years with the program.
“Our team has finished in the top four every year that Whit has been a part of our program,” she said. “In 2014, we were the state runner-up. In 2015, we got first place and in 2016, we came in fourth place.”
However, it wasn’t always Parker’s play that made him a commodity for Conway.
“I kind of get choked up when I start talking about Whit because of the type of person he is and what he’s meant to our program,” Taylor said. “For four years, he’s been a pillar to our program and just a great gentleman. He’s been a great ambassador for golf on and off the course. His whole career is a testament for what it takes to get to the next level and what you have to do.”
Parker was an Arkansas State Golf Association state champion at age 14 and had a 4.0 GPA throughout high school.
Assistant coach Craig Connor was also complimentary of Parker’s character.
“In four years of golf, Whit never complained on the golf course except one time,” he said. “You sit around a table of golfers and it’s always the club or the wind’s fault. It’s never the golfer, but with Whit, it never was. It was always about him and his game. He never boasted. When things went south, you could never tell.”
Connor said he didn’t get to watch Parker play much because Parker seemed to struggle when Connor was around.
“The best example of this is at the state tournament, I show up at the ninth hole and Whit goes into the water,” he said. “Anyway, I go on the other side of the course and come to find out, he finishes strong and takes his score to overall and get all-state.”
Connor said the golf team would be like a ship without a rudder if Parker wasn’t on the team.
Parker was thankful for his teammates, friends, family and coaches for helping get to a point where he can sign a letter of intent.