Parker Houck only has one season under his belt as a Prince Avenue Christian School golfer, but his production with the Wolverines helped him earn a college scholarship.
In November, Houck signed to play golf at Georgia College in Milledgeville. He did so during a large signing ceremony held inside the Prince Avenue Baptist Church tabernacle.
Houck was one of four different Wolverine student-athletes who signed that day with the entire student body, family members and coaches in attendance. For Houck, the magnitude of the event was a nice way to mark the occasion.
“It's pretty huge for me,” Houck said. “Having the whole school here and everybody to get to celebrate all of us, it's pretty cool.”
Houck transferred to Prince Avenue Christian midway through his high school tenure. The 2020 season was cut short due to COVID-19, so he did not compete for the Wolverines until their 2021 campaign.
That’s when the team won its first-ever state championship, capturing the Class A-Private crown.
Houck finished fifth in the state tournament, ranking near the top of a field consisting of more than 60 golfers.
He totaled 142 across the two-day event, helping lead the Wolverines to their championship.
“He's only been able to play for Prince for one year but, man, what a year it was,” said Prince Avenue Christian golf coach Jimmy Phillips. “He's just a tremendous competitor and such a hard worker. I'm so proud of him. Proverbs 16:3 tells us, 'Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will prosper.' Parker's living proof of that.”
Houck began golfing years ago but, once he reached his freshman year of high school, that’s when the game became a serious part of his life – and it’s when he began zeroing in on a potential college career.
“Ever since I started taking golf seriously, the goal has been to play collegiate golf,” Houck said.
That moment finally arrived at November’s early signing period.
When Houck signed the necessary documents to accept his scholarship offer from Georgia College, he accomplished a longtime dream.
“It's pretty big for me and my family,” Houck said. “Being able to play, this has been a dream of mine so it's pretty cool to have that come true.”
Houck received a few other offers throughout the recruiting process.
The more he looked around, though, the more he was convinced the Bobcats provided the best fit. It helped that his sister, Callie, helped give him a glimpse into life at Georgia College.
“My sister went there, so I've been in the atmosphere before,” Houck said. “I love the school, love the coaches, love the courses they get to play. It was a pretty solid decision.”
Houck said he plans to study political science.
With the Bobcats, he hopes to become an integral part of the team and help lead Georgia College to a national championship.
But Houck has one more season with the Wolverines in front of him.
Phillips said he thinks the spring 2022 campaign could yield more success for Houck and the rest of the Prince Avenue Christian squad.
“We've got him for one more year,” Phillips said. “We've got a great schedule lined up and Parker, along with his teammates, will definitely enjoy our spring season.”
Houck’s future plans are set, but he aims to finish off his Prince Avenue Christian career in strong fashion.
“We've built a pretty amazing team,” he said. “I really hope that we can continue that and win another state championship.”