Golf tourney to honor Troy Parrish

It’s an 8 a.m. Saturday morning tee time for a good cause.

Golfers from throughout the area are invited to participate in Saturday’s inaugural Troy Parrish Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament at the Overton Municipal Golf Course.

There will be “shotgun starts” at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, with the field limited to the first 36 entries. The entry fee for the three-man scramble is $225 per team ($75 per player). Lunch and drinks will also be provided on the course.

Parrish died as a result of injuries in an automobile accident on Jan. 8, 2010. A lifelong Rusk County resident, Parrish is survived by his wife Emily as well as his mother Carmen Brinkoetter, an older brother Gary Parrish, Jr. and sister Adrian Luna.

A friend to all who knew him, Troy is deeply missed by many in this community of 2,554 people.

Blake Thompson, an attorney with The Mann Firm in Henderson, is one of the organizers of the event and was a close friend of Parrish’s since childhood, as well as a teammate.

“Troy was such a great, fun-loving guy,” he said. “We thought the best thing we could do to honor Troy would be to get together, have a good time, and maybe play a little golf.”

Parrish was a standout linebacker on Overton High School’s 1995 Class 1A state football semifinalist, as well as a member of the varsity golf team.

Thompson said proceeds from the tournament would benefit the Troy Parrish Memorial Fund, as well as the Emily Parrish Rehab and Recovery Fund.

“Emily was involved in a serious automobile accident not long after Troy passed, and her rehabilitation has been a long, slow process,” he said. “So some of the proceeds will go toward helping out with her recovery.”

There will be an awards ceremony following the tournament, as well as a live auction.

Fellow OHS alumnus Justin Lake, like Thompson, also grew up with Parrish and added that the invitation is extended for the evening awards ceremonies starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Overton Community Building.

“For those who aren’t interested in playing, they’re more than welcome to come to the banquet and reception following the tournament,” he said. “Entry is free, though a small donation would certainly be appreciated.”

Lake and Thompson said it is their hope to sufficiently endow the scholarship with this tournament, and that the turnout is big enough to make it an annual event.

Robert Loftice, president of the board of directors for the Overton Golf Course, said they are glad to host a tournament to honor a young man who touched so many in a life that was cut tragically short.

“Everyone who knew Troy, loved him,” he said. “So we’re glad to be able to pay a tribute to one of Overton’s native sons, while also helping those he left behind.”

For more information about the tournament contact the Overton Golf Course at (903) 834-6414.

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