Golf: Parry books US Open place

John Parry..golfer fri 16th sept 2011
John Parry..golfer fri 16th sept 2011

Golfer John Parry will play in a major championship for the first time after qualifying for the US Open yesterday at Walton Heath.

The 26-year-old from Knaresborough, who returned to the European Tour after winning Qualifying School last December – was one of 12 to claim their place at Merion, Pennsylvania, from June 13-16.

Parry opened with a 66 in the morning and added a 75 which shot him into a six-man play-off for five places with European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Argentine Estanislao Goya, Scotland’s Chris Doak, Swede Rikard Karlberg and fellow Englishman David Howell.

At the first play-off hole, Parry, Olazabal and Howell all made birdie to progress.

Earmarked for success at a very early age, Harrogate Golf Club member Parry won several high profile amateur tournaments including the Danish and Spanish Amateur Championships, and represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup before turning professional in 2007.

Parry won the 2009 Allianz Golf Open Grand Toulouse on the Challenge Tour.

He ended that season in 14th place on the Challenge Tour Rankings to earn his card on the top level European Tour for 2010.

During his rookie season he won th inaugural Vivendi Cup to secure a one year exemption on the tour.