Roger Parker

Roger Parker's accomplishments as a Garland High School running back and as a collegiate and professional golfer have earned his induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame. Parker was the starting slot-back for the 1964 state champion Garland High School Owls, earning his second letter after earning his first as a reserve back for the 1963 state champion Owls. As a senior he rushed for 671 yards and five touchdowns and had 349 yards and four touchdowns on pass receptions. He also gained 284 yards returning punts and kickoffs. Parkers play earned him All-District honorable mention recognition, and he received the same recognition on the All-Greater Dallas selection. After playing as a backup halfback as a sophomore on a football scholarship at Texas Christian University , he transferred to Oklahoma State University . After a leg injury ended his football career in 1968, Parker spent the final two years of college on the OSU golf team. Turning pro after graduation in 1970, Parker joined the PGA Tour in 1973 and played full time through 1977 and part time through 1984. In his 36 year career, he has currently won 57 professional and open events and 83 pro-am and team tournaments. A life member of the PGA of America , Parker also served as head professional at six Texas golf clubs and played on three Joe Black Cup teams. A life-long lover of the outdoors, Parker created and hosted both the Fishing Texas syndicated television series and the Lone Star sportsman radio program on the Texas State Network, both of which aired in the 1980s. Currently, Parker serves as an associate pastor at Second Baptist Church of Houston , Texas , where he resides with his wife Lynn, a former LPGA Tour player who is the head golf professional at Jersey Village Golf Club there.