Troy Parrish memorialized in annual golf tourney

Troy Parrish was a friend to many, whose life was cut short by a tragic auto accident on Jan. 8, 2010. But, his memory lives on with a scholarship fund that relatives and friends have put together to honor his life.

The lifeblood of that scholarship fund is a golf tournament hosted by Justin Lake, Andy Marshall, Blake Thompson, Kelly Stanley and a number of other friends

The 3rd Annual “54” Troy Parrish Memorial Golf Tourney, is scheduled for May 4 at the Overton Golf and Country Club.

“Troy was a special guy, loved by all, who had his life cut way too short by the automobile accident,” Marshall said. “Some of his friends wanted to honor his life, so we came up with the golf tournament and scholarship idea. So far, the tournament has grown each year, and the scholarship fund continues to increase each year as well.”

The tournament will have two sessions. Golfers can tee off at 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. The three-man scramble will feature plaques and cash prizes for first, second and third overall teams as well as prizes for the individuals who are closest to the hole on par 3’s and who have the longest drive on Hole No. 1. The tournament charge is $60 per golfer or $180 per team. That money will earn a person a cart, green fee, lunch, snacks and drinks on the course and door prizes. There will also be raffle items that people may bid on that day.

“We had 24 teams the first year and 26 last year,” Marshall said. “We hope to have 30 or more this year.”

The Troy Parrish Scholarship is awarded each spring to two Overton High School students for use at any university of their choosing. The scholarship is only open to Overton High School students but could be as much as $3,000 per student this year if the tournament is as successful as Marshall feels it will be.

Those who have played in the API tournament at Meadowbrook Country Club in Kilgore will notice a similar format, Marshall said.

“We try to raise money and allow everyone to have a good time,” Marshall said.

Deadline for entering the tournament is Monday, April 15. Anyone interested in entering can contact the Overton golf course at (903) 834-6414, or they can contact Justin Lake at (979) 431-0694 or Marshall at (903) 237-9822.

“We would urge anyone who enjoys golf and who likes to play for a worthy cause to sign up for our tournament,” Marshall said. “What better way to honor a wonderful man who was loved by so many than to keep adding to his memorial scholarship fund, a fund that will help Overton High School students go to college and better their lives.”

 

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