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July 14, 2013

Staying on course

After facing health hazards, PCHS golfer now fitter, ready to play as senior

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For the most part, Lexie Parks is your average golfer — someone who loves the game, even though she has her good days and her bad days on the golf course like most golfers experience.
Yes, there are good shots and then there are those bad shots, and Parks herself will quickly tell you and readily admit that she considers herself an ‘average’ golfer.
But make no mistake about it, Parks is not average — no, far from it.
The only returning senior this fall for the Pulaski County Lady Maroon golf team, Parks has already notched the biggest win of her career— and that came in the game of life.
For this PC senior to even be able to pick up a golf club and compete on a course against anyone is an amazing story — for that matter to even be alive in itself is truly a blessing.
Parks began playing golf while in the eighth grade at Science Hill School under the direction of Chris Luttrell.
As a freshman at PC, she made the varsity tennis team and also played on the golf team.
But, something was wrong — not with her game but with her health. In short, Lexie Parks did not feel well at all.
In fact, there were days when she was just downright exhausted after playing only nine holes, usually ending up with a red face and experiencing trouble breathing.
After her freshman year at PC, spending time with her family on a vacation in the Bahamas and at Disney World, Parks well-being seemed to be declining at an alarming rate.
She felt very ill for most of that trip, suffering from nausea and just feeling completely exhausted.
When she came home from that family vacation, her parents sought medical attention to see what was wrong with their daughter.

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