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Beyond the Scoreboard: Parker blitzes Skyview field with a 62

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Greg Parker, of Marion, blistered Asheville Golf Course on Wednesday with a 10-under par round of 62 in the Skyview golf tourney. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

In a distinguished golf career that spans four decades and includes an All-American season at the University of North Carolina, appearances in the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open and seasons on the Nike (now Web.com) Tour, Greg Parker has posted a lot of impressive scores.

But never has the six-time Skyview champion pulled off what he managed Wednesday at Asheville Golf Course.

A nearly flawless second round of 10-under par 62 that ranks as his best competitive round ever launched the 52-year-old head pro at Marion Lake Club into the lead going into the final round of the 59th annual Skyview Pro/Am Benefit Golf Tournament.

Shooting 5-under par 31 on each nine, Parker outdueled cart partner and two-time Skyview champion Noah Ratner, of Asheville.

The 26-year old Ratner threw up an eight-birdie round of 65 and lost ground.

“It was fun to watch,” Ratner said of Parker’s blitz through the Donald Ross design at AGC. “Greg played great.”

“I putted the ball well, hit the ball well and a couple of shots I missed I was able to get up and down,” said Parker, who shot his first and only 59 in a casual round last year at his home course in Marion.

“That’s by far the best competitive round I’ve ever played. I just kept saying birdie the next hole, and they came in bunches.”

The pair combined for 18 birdies and will play together again Thursday in a 2 p.m. start for the final round, competing for a first prize of $2,500 out of the $13,900 purse.

Parker (-15 under) will take a two-shot lead over Ratner in what will likely be a two-man race – 62-year-old Richard Clark (-9 under), of Asheville, is six shots back of the lead.

Parker got off to a great start, making birdie on each of his first four holes. He was 8-under through 12 holes after birdies on Nos. 10, 11 and 12 and closed with birdies on the back nine par-5s at Nos. 14 and 17.

Ratner also opened strongly, birdieing four of his first five holes. He kept Parker in sight by making birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 coming in.

“(Thursday) is going to be fun,” Ratner said. “We’re both playing well, and it should be a shootout.”

“There are a lot of birdies out there, and I know Noah isn’t going to back down,” Parker said. “I look forward to it, and I have to have the same mindset, to keep making birdies.”

Asheville's Tommy White (68-66-132) put together another strong round and has a seven-shot lead over Byron Bailey in the senior amateur division.

Austin Fisher (68-65-133) also put together his second straight effective 18 holes and is five shots ahead of Kyle Scruggs among amateur players.

Amateurs tee off at 8 a.m. Thursday and the pros begin play at 2 p.m.

59th Skyview Pro/Am Tournament

Second Round

at Asheville Golf Course

Pro/Senior Pro Division

Greg Parker 67-62-129

Noah Ratner 66-65-131

Richard Clark 66-69-135

Jesse Allen 68-70-138

Matt Cook 70-68-138

Ryan Smith 72-67-139

Robbie Biershenk 70-70-140

Jeff Peck – 140

Paul Everett 71-70-141

Skip Taylor 67-74-141

Dustin Pressley 71-71-142

Tommy Padgett 71-71-142

Amateur

Austin Fisher 68-65-133

Kyle Scruggs 71-67-138

Joseph Squires 69-70-139

Joshua Crisp 71-69-140

Thomas Garbee 73-70-143

Fred Edwards 72-72-144

Cody Mincey 73-71-144

Christopher Fry 76-70-146

Woodruff Logan 79-71-150

Nicholas Boone 77-74-151

Senior Amateur

Tommy White 68-66-134

Byron Bailey 71-70-141

Scott Pritchard 72-70-142

Bourgin Byrd 71-73-144

Jeff Long 76-69-145

Ivory Walker 69-78-147

Brandon Godfrey 79-71-150

Jerry Wilkns 79-72-151

Cletis Dozier 73-79-152

David Lingelbach 78-76-154

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