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Former Wildcat Golfer Chase Parker Finishes Fourth in the Bahamas Wednesday

CHEROKEE SOUND, Abaco The Bahamas -- Going into Wednesday's final round of the inaugural Bahamas Great Abaco Classic, former Kentucky Wildcat Chase Parker (pictured) had a share of the lead after recording a 7-under 65 in the third round.

But Parker, who was making just his second start on the Tour, fell short as he finished fourth at the 72-hole tournament with overall 11-under par.

Andrew Landry, a former Arkansas Razorback, won the classic, recording at 16-under par.

Parker, a native of Augusta, Ga., shot a 71-69-65-72 in the tournament, which used a unique scheduling format – Sunday through Wednesday.

Other Kentuckians playing in the event were Josh Teater, the Lexington native who starred at Morehead State, and Kent Bulle, the Middle Tennessee State grad who hails from Glasgow, Ky.

Parker, who was a freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection at UK in 2010, turned pro in 2014 and has played primarily mini-tours until making his PGA Tour debut last June by qualifying for the U.S. Open. Then in December, he made it through all four rounds of the grueling Q-school to earn a Tour exemption for the first eight events of 2017.

Parker made the cut in his first event two weeks ago – the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic – finishing 28th. His brother Davis Parker is serving as his caddie.

The Tour fashions itself as the path to the PGA Tour. Former members have gone on to win more than 450 tournaments on the PGA Tour, including 22 major championships. The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic is managed by Kentucky-based bd Global.

Photos by Kevin Bires

bd Global, photographer

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