Parker Welck claimed a first-time championship in the Elite Series with an impressive performance during the final stretch. He dominated the ECC with towering forehands and seized a crucial opportunity on the 14th hole, maintaining his lead until the end.
Welck's one-stroke victory over Calvin Heimburg was fueled by an eagle on the 975-foot 14th hole, achieved through some top-tier sidearm throws and a downhill putt to cap off the eagle. His elation was evident throughout the tournament, as he celebrated with raised hands and a beaming smile. But this eagle he started believing in the victory.
Heimburg's errant drive on the 14th hole resulted in a bogey and a three-stroke swing in Welck's favor. With a two-stroke lead, Welck secured three consecutive birdies, ultimately winning the tournament.
Reflecting on his remarkable achievement, Welck expressed his disbelief at the odds stacked against him (the day before championship sunday Udisc gave him a 1% chance of winning) and credited his perseverance in taking a chance on the tournament. This victory marked a life-changing moment for him. His previous best finish of his career was 16th place at the Waco Annual Charity Open earlier this year.
Parker Welck has kicked in the door with this victory in a stacked field.
Major congratulations Mr. Welck.