Parkhill on top of his game in Twin City Championship

Parkhill on top of his game in Twin City Championship

CHAMPAIGN — No, winning isn’t getting old for Clayton Parkhill. But after clinching his record-setting sixth Twin City championship after firing a 1-under 71 at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club on Sunday following Saturday’s 6-under 66 at Urbana Country Club, the 26-year-old admitted this one might have been his favorite of all.

“This one is a little sweeter than the rest,” the former Illini said. “I had no expectations, just went out and did my thing. I think I needed to take this approach more often. Who knows where I could be.”

On the local level, he has reached unprecedented heights. Cy Vaughn and Bill Richart had each won five Twin City titles, and Parkhill has put them in the rearview mirror. Add that to his three UI Open titles and Parkhill, along with Tim Hoss Jr. (four Twin City titles, five UI Open titles), are the current gold standards of area golf.

“It means a lot,” Parkhill said. “It shows I’ve done something right. It’s sweet to know that I have the most (championships), and it’s reassuring.”

This weekend’s Twin City, which was shortened from 54 holes to 36 after heavy rain overnight caused some flooding at Lincolnshire Fields and pushed tee times back, was only the second competitive tournament Parkhill had played in since winning the 2011 Twin City.

After failing to break 80 in either round of last year’s club championship at Lincolnshire Fields, Parkhill questioned his game. After this sixth championship, no one’s questioning it.

Parkhill finished seven strokes ahead of runner-up David Deschler, who made par on all 18 holes Sunday. Jay Scott, who shot 71 Sunday, was third. Isaac Overman, a senior-to-be at Centennial, was the junior champion, backing up Saturday’s 70 with a 76 Sunday.

Bill Hobbs fired a 71 and finished tied for fourth place with Overman. Tom Parkhill shot 78 Sunday to win the senior championship at 154, one shot better than Tim Hoss Sr. and Ronalde Johnson.

The youngster caught the eye on the six-time champ.

“He has a bright future. He’s doing all the right things. He competes and he has a level head,” Parkhill said of Overman. “If he makes bogey, he gets over it and step onto the next tee and hits a great ball. It’ll be good to see him this upcoming fall at Centennial and how he does at state.”

Bill Hobbs fired a 71 and finished tied for fourth place with Overman. Tom Parkhill shot 78 Sunday to win the senior championship at 154, one shot better than Tim Hoss Sr. and Ronalde Johnson.

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