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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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Her mother — Libby Parks — says that despite all the adversity while Lexie was in the Pediatric ICU section at UK, the family never doubted for a moment that Lexie would walk out of the UK Med. Center due to a deep and devoted faith to God.
“We were told at this time that Lexie was very lucky that she did not collapse during her freshman season on the golf course,” stated Libby Parks.
“They told us it would have been fatal,” she added. “We don’t believe in luck — we believe in God’s hand of protection.”
Lexie Parks — with help from her family, the caring staff at UK Medical Center headed up by Dr. Chisti, and a strong faith in God, made a remarkable recovery, making it all the way back to the golf course playing for Pulaski County last fall as a junior.
This summer — in preparation for her senior year — Lexie Parks has been participating in the Southeast Kentucky Junior Golf Tour, taking part in approximately 13 tournaments with approximately 140 other participants.
What’s that about just being an ‘average’ golfer?
Last month — June 13th to be exact — Lexie Parks got to experience a golfer’s dream.
Playing in a tournament on the tour, she made a hole in one on the par three at Woodson Bend’s sixth hole.
“You have got to give Lexie a lot of credit for the courage she has shown in still wanting to play golf,” stated Bill Moore, Director of the Southeast Kentucky Junior Golf Tour.
“She’s been a very nice young lady to have on our tour, and I really think she enjoys playing the game,” pointed out Moore. “We’re just happy she’s part of the Southeast Tour. There’s a lot of golfers that go through their whole career that never get to experience a hole in one. In 15 years of the Southeast Junior Tour, that was the third hole in one that we’ve had during a tournament. That’s quite a few tournaments and quite a few kids that have played over that time frame, so that is a very special accomplishment for Lexie.”

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